Heckert has been the Eagles' GM since 2006 after originally joining the team as the director of player personnel. In May, he received a contract extension through 2011. Last year, he interviewed for Atlanta's GM job, a position that went to Thomas Dimitroff.
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In Heckert's first draft with Philadelphia, he selected Lito Sheppard, Michael Lewis, Brian Westbrook -- three future Pro Bowlers.
Lerner has also interviewed Scott Pioli, New England's director of player personnel and T.J. McCreight, the Browns' director of player personnel, to replace Phil Savage. Lerner also intends to speak with George Kokinis, Baltimore's pro personnel director, but he has to wait until after the Ravens' playoff game with Tennessee.
Meanwhile, the Browns have not yet offered a contract to Mangini, fired after this season by the New York Jets. The 37-year-old Mangini is Lerner's top candidate and could be paired with Kokinis, a longtime friend whom he has known since breaking into the NFL with him in Cleveland in the early 1990s.
Spagnuolo and Heckert worked together previously in Philadelphia.
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