Foley Agrees to Deal

The Vikings will have a new personnel director, as Fran Foley has agreed to terms of a deal with the organization.

Former San Diego Chargers director of pro personnel Fran Foley has agreed to terms of a contract that will make him the new personnel director with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a league source. The team is expected to announce the deal after he signs his contract.

As of Wednesday evening, Foley had not yet signed the deal but told a league source that he has agreed to it. It is a promotion that will 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.

In San Diego, Fran Foley was responsible for monitoring the free agent wire and keeping track of NFL Europe, Arena League and CFL players, and he attended the Grey Cup.

Prior to joining the Chargers, 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.

Foley, 44, was offered the Vikings job earlier this week and spent the past few days negotiating a contract with the organization. Foley was in Mobile, Ala., this week for the Senior Bowl festivities. The 12-year veteran of NFL scouting departments is expected to 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.

Foley graduated from Framingham State College in Massachusetts with a degree in English literature. As a student-athlete at Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass., Foley was coached by former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman.

Foley and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Paige, and a son, Sean.


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