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.

Front Office Commentary

4 NFL Teams That Have Improved Most This Offseason

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NFL Draft Content

How Kansas City Was Quietly a Big Winner in Round 1

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5 Strategic Takeaways From the First Round of the NFL Draft

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Why Is Cleveland Struggling to Trade Baker Mayfield and Where Will He End Up?

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Training Camp

Travon Walker…1st Overall Pick? Why? Former NFL Executive Dissects

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Is The Salary Cap Real?

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Front Office Commentary

Todd Bowles Has The Attributes You Look For in a Head Coach

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Did Deshaun Watson’s Contract Break The Future QB Market?

The Deshaun Watson trade has been deeply discussed and evaluated from multiple lenses, including numerous times on The 33rd Team. But there is an aspect of the deal that hasn’t been examined, and it could impact every team in the league, especially those with young QBs who will be looking for long term extensions. To […]

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Supply And Demand: What Are the Options for Mayfield and Garoppolo?

The Browns and 49ers find themselves in limbo with the two most viable starting QBs available in the NFL market. They’ve arrived here coming from the opposite ends of the spectrum and will have two completely different approaches to how they approach the relationship and moves to make when it comes to their respective QBs. […]

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Why You Should Care About The Browns Rewarding Deshaun Watson

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