Savage closing in on Jaguars' GM job

OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens director of college scouting Phil Savage appears poised to assume the Jacksonville Jaguars' vacant general manager position. Officials for both the Ravens and the Jaguars confirmed a second interview for Savage with Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver, who hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as his new head coach on Thursday.

Savage had a significant hand in Baltimore drafting All-Pros like middle linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden to craft a Super Bowl victor two seasons ago.

He could possibly join Del Rio, the former Ravens' linebackers coach, at tonight's press conference at Alltel Stadium to announce Del Rio as the successor to fired coach Tom Coughlin.

Although Jacksonville executive director of communications Dan Edwards emphasized that Savage hasn't been offered the position of general manager/personnel boss yet, he stressed that Savage, 37, is an extremely strong candidate for that vacancy.

Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said that Savage was traveling to Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday to meet with Weaver for the second time.

"It would appear that a team of Savage and Del Rio is the way it's going to turn out," Edwards said. "All that's left is making the final determinations."

Savage is a native of Mobile, Ala., who is viewed as a rising star in league scouting circles. He has been in his current role with Baltimore since the franchise moved from Cleveland in 1996. Prior to that, he worked for the Browns as an assistant coach and in the personnel department.

Savage recommended Del Rio, 39, during his initial interview with Weaver and Jaguars senior vice president of football operations Paul Vance. Del Rio played 11 seasons in the NFL at linebacker with one Pro Bowl selection.

For the personnel role, Weaver also interviewed Ravens director of pro personnel James Harris, Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Tom Modrak and Jaguars director of pro personnel Rick Reiprish.

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