Eagles Made Lucrative Offer to Keep Jonathan Gannon From Leaving
The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a tough loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII, and things got even more difficult heading into the offseason when they lost both their offensive and defense coordinators to other organizations.
When defensive coordinator Jonathan Cannon was preparing to move on to the Arizona Cardinals, Eagles owner Jeffery Laurie stepped in and made him an offer he almost couldn't refuse.
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According to Gannon:
“I loved Philly. I love Mr. Lurie [owner Jeffrey Lurie]. I love Howie Roseman. I love Nick Sirianni. They came back and they were like, here’s a new offer. It’s gonna pay you more than being a head coach. That’s cool and I loved it there but I wanted to be a head coach and I was excited about this because of Mr. Bidwell—Michael, as he would say—[GM] Monti Ossenfort, and Kyler.”- Jonathan Gannon, ProFootballTalk
It's a pretty big deal and shows just how highly Philadelphia thought of Gannon to pay him like a head coach to remain the defensive coordinator. At the same time, it's not hard to see why Gannon wanted to seize the opportunity to become a head coach and call the shots.
Gannon ran one of the best defenses in the NFL last season, a unit that ranked No. 1 in a handful of metrics. That's not easy to replicate, so it's understandable why the Eagles were so aggressive in trying to retain Gannon.
While losing a top coach is never easy, Philly fans can at least take solace in the fact that the Eagles did everything in their power to try to keep him in town.
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