Viking Update has confirmed that San Diego Chargers director of pro personnel Fran Foley has been offered the Vikings' job of personnel director, a promotion that would include overseeing the college and pro scouting departments in Minnesota.
Foley spent the past three seasons with the Chargers, where he was responsible for signing several successful "street" free agents, along with talented outside linebacker Steve Foley (no relation). Steve Foley signed with the Chargers after spending one year in Houston as a part-time player. In 2004, his first season in San Diego, Steve Foley registered a career-high 10 sacks, the most by a Chargers linebacker since Billy Ray Smith in 1996. He also had two interceptions and five forced fumbles.
Prior to joining the Chargers, Fran Foley was with Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville in the Jaguars' scouting department. He spent four years as assistant director of pro personnel before taking over as director of pro personnel from 1998-2002. He was also the director and treasurer of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, a charity that netted more than $1,000,000 for pediatric leukemia patients and their families. Foley was also with Coughlin at Boston College, where he coached tight ends and kickers. He has also coached at Colgate, The Citadel and Rutgers.
He also played some semi-pro football as an offensive lineman.
It wasn't clear early Tuesday morning if Foley would accept the job with the Vikings. His roots are on the East Coast, but he is said to really like the San Diego area.
If he accepts the offer, the 12-year veteran of NFL scouting departments would be part of a three-man decision-making group that includes head coach Brad Childress and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski when it comes to personnel matters.
Vikings Offer Personnel Job to Foley
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