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By PFW staff

The Eagles have hired former Browns GM Phil Savage as a personnel consultant for the 2010 draft.

Savage will work with head coach Andy Reid and newly promoted GM Howie Roseman and director of player personnel Ryan Grigson in the team’s draft preparation, specifically regarding prospects based in the Southeastern part of the country.

Savage, who lives in Fairhope, Ala., attended last week’s Senior Bowl and told PFW he was fielding offers to join NFL teams.

“I’ve always admired the work Phil Savage has done,” Roseman said. “And after spending time with him this past year, I realized how well we could work together. Phil is an excellent talent evaluator and having an extra set of eyes for us to utilize will definitely help our scouting staff as we prepare for the draft. He’s spent time working on the 2010 draft class already, so Ryan and I thought it is was a slam dunk when the opportunity was there for us to add him to our staff.”

Savage had served as the radio color analyst for the Crimson Tide Sports Network in 2009.

“This is a great opportunity for me to get back in the NFL,” he said. “I’m really excited about the role the Eagles have afforded me, and I’m ready to help Howie and the rest of their scouting staff in the best way I possibly can.”

Savage, 44, spent four seasons as the Browns’ senior vice president and general manager from 2005-08. Prior to his stint with Cleveland, Savage was with the Ravens for nine years, working under GM Ozzie Newsome. In that time period, the Ravens acquired 11 Pro Bowl players through the draft, including Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, who helped Baltimore to a victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

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