Joe Banner and Howie Roseman — mentor and mentee — are similar in many ways. Both have vast knowledge of the salary cap and how to manage it. Both are tough negotiators. And both came to the NFL from non-football backgrounds.
But one area in which they did differ is how they relate to players. Banner did not mingle with Eagles players much, in part, because he felt it would compromise his position when it came time to negotiate their contracts. Roseman has tried to foster closer relationships with players since he became general manager in 2010.
"He's got a great relationship with players," Eagles tight end Brent Celek said Thursday after practice. "I knew Howie before he was GM, was always friendly with him. He knows how to communicate with the guys, connect with the guys, and I think you need to be that as a GM. You need to know how to talk to your guys and just generally run the team a little bit, like he does."
But Roseman may need to tinker with that approach if he's to play the heavy with Banner now out of the picture. He had already assumed most of Banner's responsibilities in contracts this offseason, one many considered a strong one. But Banner stepping down as team president signaled a shift in the Eagles' good cop-bad cop axis that existed between he and Eagles coach Andy Reid.