Birds To Ask to Talk to Perry?

Andy Reid and the Eagles still have a defensive coordinator vacancy. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Packers blog reported today that the Eagles will ask permission to talk to Green Bay secondary coach Darren Perry, when the Super Darren PerryBowl is over.

An Eagles spokesman said the team is not allowed to comment under NFL tampering rules.

Perry, 42, is the Green Bay safeties coach. He also coached the secondary of the other Super Bowl XLV participant, the Pittsburgh Steelers, under former coach Bill Cowher. In between Perry spent a few years with the Oakland Raiders, tutoring current free agent corner Nnamdi Asomugha, among others.

Perry, a Penn State star, was an eighth-round draft pick of the Steelers in 1992 who started as a rookie and was a long-time stalwart of the Pittsburgh secondary. He has played and coached mostly in 3-4 schemes, which would be a huge transition for the Eagles in a year when labor problems are expected to limit offseason work.

The Journal-Sentinel said Perry has a year left on his contract, and noted the Packers are free to deny permission, for anything other than a head-coaching opening. But the paper spoke of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy's desire to see his assistants succeed. Also, Eagles coach Andy Reid has deep Green Bay connections, and a request from Reid might not be viewed the same as, say, a request from the Vikings.