While always holding an active role within the Eagles organization, sources tell Taking It To The House that team Co- Owner Christina Weiss-Lurie is more visible around the team recently than Jeffrey Lurie.
File this one in the For What It’s Worth File, but it appears Christina Weiss-Lurie is taking a more active role within the Eagles front office.
Weiss-Lurie, of course is the recently divorced ex-wife of Jeffrey Lurie and Co-Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and President of the team’s charitable arm, the Eagles Youth Partnership. For many years, at least publically, Weiss-Lurie’s public persona was limited to appearances surrounding the team’s charitable outreach and Go Green initiative, but it seems she is taking a more active role recently.
It wasn’t by accident that camera crews caught Weiss-Lurie high fiving Eagles players and coaches following the team’s come from behind win against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay in week 13 as she appears to be taking a greater interest in the football side of the franchise.
According to multiple sources close to the team, Weiss-Lurie is spending more time around the team than ever.
Per a source, Weiss-Lurie is staying at the team hotel the night before games, while Jeffrey Lurie is not. She has also become a more visible fixture in the offices of the Novacare Complex.
“She’s been around the team more than Jeffrey has,” said the source.
Since buying the Eagles, along with her former husband, in 1994, Weiss-Lurie has been involved, even attending owners meetings.
“Oh yeah, she would want to be [in the meeting] understanding what’s going on with the business of football,” Lurie said of Weiss-Lurie in a Philly.com piece written not taking a tour of some shopping mall. If she’s going to bother going [to the meeting], at least take it seriously.”
Again, Weiss-Lurie has always been involved in some fashion within the organization, as co-owner, but it appears that she has been around the team at the very least, as much as Jeffrey has been recently.
In an offseason that is sure to be the most important since the Lurie’s purchased the franchise, these revelations beg to question just how much power each of the co-owners wields over the day to day operations of the football team at this point.
- Eagles to Pay Patterson After All -
Reversing what quickly became a controversial decision to cut Mike Patterson’s pay after adding him to the Non-Football Illness list, the Eagles decided Thursday that they will pay the defensive tackle after all.
Patterson, the longest tenured Eagle, began the season on the Non-Football Injury List while recovering from offseason brain surgery to repair AVM, was re-added to the list earlier this week resulting in a pay cut of $150,000 after returning to play in just five games this season as a situational rotation tackle.
“After a day of reflection, the Eagles and [G.M.] Howie Roseman decided to treat Mike like the high-character player that he is,” agent Peter Schaffer told Pro Football Talk. “They’re doing it because they believe that players who have done what Mike has done for the franchise should be rewarded. They always had Mike’s best interests at heart. So they renegotiated his contract to remove the provision that automatically dropped his pay.”
The initial move to cut Patterson’s pay resulted in the latest PR hit for an Eagles organization that has seen it’s share this season after firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, two executives including one in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and jetisoning Jason Babin midseason amid a 4-10 start to the season that has seen the Birds drop 8 of the last 9 games.