Mobile, Ala. — Lions vice president of pro personnel Sheldon White surfaced a couple weeks ago as a candidate for the general manager job with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he's apparently still in the running.
John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said he recommended White and Cowboys assistant director of player personnel Will McClay for the opening in Philadelphia. As of Tuesday afternoon, Wooten said there was no formal interview scheduled between White and the Eagles, but White is in Mobile for the Senior Bowl if the team requests one.
White declined comment when asked about his candidacy Tuesday. The Lions directed their coaches and executives to decline all interview requests at the Senior Bowl this week.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly also is in Mobile, and according to a Philadelphia Daily News report, there's no set timeframe for when the team will make a hire.
"When we find the right guy," Kelly said, per the report.
White has been with the Lions' scouting department since 1997, starting as the team's BLESTO scout. In 1998, he was an area scout and worked in both college and pro scouting in 1999. He became the director of pro personnel in 2000 and was promoted to his current position in 2009. That diversity of experience is what makes White an ideal candidate for a GM job, according to Wooten.
"I give Martin (Mayhew) credit here for allowing him to develop in all areas," Wooten said. "So often guys get pigeon holed in college and pro and it hurts them when they hit the market."