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Eagles promote Heckert to G.M.

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PHILADELPHIA — Tom Heckert was promoted to general manager by the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, ending speculation he would leave for Minnesota.

Heckert joined the Eagles as the club's director of player personnel in 2001. He recently had been mentioned as a strong candidate for the Vikings' front office.

"We're happy to keep someone of Tom's caliber in Philadelphia," coach Andy Reid said. "Tom has done an excellent job and it was important for this organization to have him continue in this general manager role for the foreseeable future. He's a hard worker and an outstanding evaluator of talent."

The Eagles didn't have an official general manager until now; Reid has been handling those duties. Reid is also the team's executive vice president of football operations.

Philadelphia finished 6-10 this season. It's the first time since 1999 the Eagles had a losing record.

Since Heckert arrived five years ago, the Eagles have acquired 16 players who started in 2005 (nine through the draft, six free agents, and one via waivers). Heckert's first draft with the Eagles produced three future Pro Bowlers in cornerback Lito Sheppard, strong safety Michael Lewis, and running back Brian Westbrook.

Heckert spent 10 years as a member of the Miami Dolphins' player personnel department before coming to Philadelphia. He's been a part of seven division championship teams and reached the playoffs 11 times in 15 seasons in the NFL.