Eagles hire Tom Donahoe, shuffle scouting department

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Former Bills and Steelers executive Tom Donahoe is returning to the NFL.

The Eagles announced Thursday that they have hired Donahoe to be the team’s senior football advisor. Donahoe was the director of football operations in Pittsburgh from 1991 to 1999 and he was the General Manager and president of the Bills from 2001 to 2005. Donahoe’s exact responsibilities aren’t clear, but he’ll likely play a role similar to the one that former Browns General Manager Phil Savage filled for the last couple of seasons.

In addition to Savage, the Eagles recently lost two scouts. Ahmad Russell left to join Ryan Grigson, the former Eagles director of player personnel, in Indianapolis after Grigson became the Colts General Manager and Daniel Jeremiah left to take a position with NFL.com.

The Eagles also announced that they have named Ed Marynowitz as assistant director of pro scouting, Jake Hallum as senior scout, John Middlekauff as west coast area scout, Dan Hatman as pro scout, Alec Halaby as special assistant to the general manager, and Jake Rosenberg as manager of football administration.

Most scouting-related jobs have contracts that run out just after the draft, which always makes this the busy time of year for changes in those positions around the NFL.