The Giants are hiring the Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Brown as an assistant GM, sources confirm.
Brown, the Eagles’ co-director of player personnel, steps in as the right-hand lieutenant to new Giants GM Joe Schoen. He had interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings’ GM job, as well.
He is the second Eagles front office member hired away this offseason. Co-director of player personnel Ian Cunningham was hired as Chicago’s assistant GM to the Bears’ Ryan Poles.
Brown, who lists his hometown as West Palm Beach, Fla., played his high school football at St. Anthony’s on Long Island and his college ball at Fordham as a defensive back.
He broke into the NFL as a pro personnel intern in 2012 with the Jets. He then worked at John Mara’s alma mater Boston College (2013-14) before spending two years with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Eagles.
Schoen and Brown have no clear overlap from their NFL tenures thus far, with the Giants GM building his resume through work in Carolina, Miami and Buffalo. ESPN first reported Brown’s hiring.
Brown is Black, so if he works for the Giants for at least two seasons and then leaves for a general manager job elsewhere, the Giants would receive a third round pick in the ensuing two NFL Drafts under terms of the Rooney Rule.
Brown replaces Kevin Abrams, who has been the team’s assistant GM for the last 20 years. Abrams is surviving yet another Giants purge into his 24th year with the team, however, despite overseeing a poorly conceived 2021 salary cap crunch that promises to impact 2022, as well.
Abrams pivots to a new role of senior vice president of football operations & strategy.
“Kevin has been and will continue to be an invaluable resource for me and our staff,” Schoen said in a statement released by the team. “In his new role, Kevin will be assisting with the day-to-day football operation, administration and strategy of the organization.”
Meanwhile, former Ravens DC Don “Wink” Martindale is on the Giants’ interview list for defensive coordinator, as the Daily News reported, to fill the vacancy created by Pat Graham’s departure to the Raiders.
A source told The News prior to Brian Daboll’s hiring that Daboll intended to bring Martindale to New York if the DC position opened. Former Bears DC Sean Desai and Steelers secondary coach Teryl Austin are also interviewing, per NFL Network and ESPN.