Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that in a league notes column by Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, he cited two league sources as telling him that Eagles coach Andy Reid was ready to "walk away" from the team if he didn't get more personnel control this offseason. Farmer says Reid got what he wanted, and then he lists the Eagles' moves so far. The implication is that some of the moves, like the re-signings of DeSean Jackson, Todd Herremans, Evan Mathis and Trent Cole are examples of Andy stepping in and taking care of his guys.
"As far as personnel control, I have had final say on personnel matters for quite some time here, and that's never been an issue or a point of contention," Reid said today in a statement released by the team, in response to the LA Times piece. "Our front office works very well together and that's one of our strengths."
Farmer also said Reid was willing to look into Peyton Manning when Manning hit the market, but as we know, Manning didn't want to play for a division rival of his borther Eli. That's not too shocking; you have to look into possible Hall of Fame QBs when they become available, whether you really see yourself acquiring them or not.
"We look into everything, as all teams do," Reid said in the statement. "And I have the highest regard for Peyton Manning. But as I said publicly last month, that wasn't the direction we were heading in. Michael (Vick) is our guy.