The involvement of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie when it comes to personnel decision has been a hot button issue over the last few seasons or so. This week, it was reported that Lurie told Howie Roseman that the team will build around quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Well, apparently, Lurie has been making personnel decisions for awhile. In fact, according to former Eagle Barret Brooks—who played his first four NFL seasons in Philadelphia from 1995 to 1998—Lurie used to base decisions off of the conversation on WIP.
Brooks told a story on The Middle about how an Eagles tight end Jimmy Johnson was released and the head coach at the time, Ray Rhodes, had no idea.
"Well, they were actually listening to — this was the rumor that was going on in the locker room at the time — they were actually listening to WIP and making decisions off WIP," Brooks said via PhillyVoice.com. "I was like, that can't be true. But they ended up giving a contract to the tight end from BYU [Chad Lewis]."
Brooks, 48, was the Eagles' second-round pick in 1995. He ended up playing for a total of seven NFL organizations from 1995 to 2006.
Lurie, 69, bought the Eagles in 1994 for $195 million and has been the owner ever since. The franchise, which of course won the Super Bowl in 2018, is now worth $3.4 billion, according to Forbes.