Joe Banner

Joe Banner

Former NFL Executive, Founder of The 33rd Team

Joe Banner is a former front office executive for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns who was last in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons as a consultant in 2015. While in the NFL, Banner was a part of an Eagles franchise that made a Super Bowl and played in four NFC Championship Games.

Raised in Massachusetts, Banner studied economics at Denison University. He spent a semester interning at WCAU 1210 AM radio in Philadelphia, where he would eventually be hired as a sports reporter and producer. He later left WCAU to open a chain of clothing stores and became a Co-Charman of the Board for a national non-profit called City Year-Greater Philadelphia chapter.

Banner got into football in 1994 when he was hired by Eagles owner Jeff Lurie. He rose through the ranks quickly and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1996 and to Executive Vice President in 1997. Banner held that position until 2012 when he became the Strategic Advisor to Lurie.

In 2012, Banner joined an ownership group that was interested in buying the Cleveland Browns. In October of 2012, Banner was named the Browns CEO by owner Jimmy Haslam. He left the organization in the spring of 2014. In December of 2014, Banner joined the Atlanta Falcons as a consultant.

News

Deshaun Watson Suspension Light Based on Judge’s Findings

Had you asked me what I thought Sue Robinson’s ruling on the Deshaun Watson situation would be before today, I would’ve guessed anywhere between six games and a full season. However, for it only to be six games I would have guessed that Robinson found the evidence to be inconclusive or not as offensive as […]

Front Office Commentary

Has Kyler Murray’s Gaming Cost the Cardinals?

Of the thousands of contracts per season, there has NEVER been a provision included in a player’s contract requiring the player to study the game of football—not until Kyler Murray’s record-breaking $230.5 million extension at least.  If you have yet to read the “Independent Study Addendum” to Kyler Murray’s contract, the language reads “Player shall […]

Front Office Commentary

Has Kyler Murray’s Gaming Cost the Cardinals?

Of the thousands of contracts per season, there has NEVER been a provision included in a player’s contract requiring the player to study the game of football—not until Kyler Murray’s record-breaking $230.5 million extension at least.  If you have yet to read the “Independent Study Addendum” to Kyler Murray’s contract, the language reads “Player shall […]

Analysis

It’s Time for Trey Lance to Shine

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QB Hub

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Front Office Commentary

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While the goal for any franchise is to win the Super Bowl, the best way to achieve that is by building an organization that can have sustainable success. Being competitive year-in and year-out gives an organization the optimal chance to run into a championship when everything clicks for them in a season. Of course, even […]

Breakdowns

Top 5 NFL Front Offices

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Front Office Commentary

Did Jaire Alexander Really Reset the CB Market?

Jaire Alexander’s 4-year, $84 million extension will make him the highest paid cornerback in the history of the NFL in terms of APY. Even so, I do not believe he got what he should have given the current landscape of the cornerback market. Earlier this offseason, Denzel Ward signed a $100.5 million contract, topping Jalen […]

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