Report: Andy Reid has more personnel juice with Eagles

There was speculation about the future of Andy Reid at the end of last season after the Philadelphia Eagles finished 8-8 but only after rallying to win their final four games.

Some wondered if owner Jeff Lurie was drop the ax on Reid, who has been a coaching institution in Philadelphia.

Lurie back his man, and according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the Eagles also gave Reid some more juice. Farmer reports Reid was “ready to walk away” if he didn’t gain “more personnel control.”

The Eagles have been active since the new league year began, most recently trading to acquire middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans. They also rewarded wide recieiver DeSean Jackson, who had the franchise tag, with a long-term deal. Offensive linemen Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis have been signed.

And get this: Farmer says Reid had interest in Peyton Manning but talks never became serious because Manning didn’t want to be in the same division with his younger brother Eli Manning.

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