Eagles want to interview Lions' Sheldon White

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

After an 11-5 season, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin isn't the only man in the Lions organization trending upward.

The Philadelphia Eagles requested permission to interview Sheldon White, the Lions' vice president of pro personnel, for their general manager position.

White, 49, has been with the Lions' scouting department since 1997 and is among general manager Martin Mayhew's right-hand men.

A defensive back for six seasons with the Giants, Lions and Bengals, White became the Lions' director of pro personnel in 2000 and was promoted to his current position in 2009.

As the Lions continue to win, more of their employees could have opportunities for promotions, but time will tell if White if there is mutual interest in the job with the Eagles.

Philadelphia recently had a shakeup that resulted in GM Howie Roseman being promoted to executive vice president of football operations and coach Chip Kelly taking over control of personnel decisions.

The new Eagles GM, therefore, would not have final say over personnel, making it a less appealing opportunity for someone like White who has the credentials to one day be a GM.