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Joe Banner is out as Philadelphia Eagles’ president

Joe Banner, the Philadelphia Eagles’ president and a member of the front office since his childhood friend purchased the team in 1994, is moving into another role with the team.

“Joe’s a free agent,” owner Jeffrey Lurie told Jeff McLane of Philly. com.

“I’m an employed free agent,” added Banner, who will be a stratetic advisor to Lurie.

Don Smolenski, the chief operating officer, will become team president and take charge of day-to-day operations. General Manager Howie Roseman will manage the salary cap and negotiate contracts.

Change in the front office of any team brings questions about a power struggle, especially after a Los Angeles Times report in March about Coach Andy Reid’s desire for increased personnel control. (Reid denied that at the time.) Lurie tamped talk of a power struggle down Wednesday night. “No, the opposite,” Lurie said. “It was all done, I think, for what's best for everybody involved.”

Lurie added that he did not want to lose Smolenski or Roseman, whom he called “star, young executives.”

The Eagles will discuss the move in a 2:30 press conference, but Lurie was asked if Banner is still working for the team.

“He's a strategic adviser, and I guess technically that's actually right,” Lurie said. “He's part of the Eagles family, and he's actively working on things we haven't announced yet.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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