NFL Front Office Insider
Phil Savage joined ESPN as a NFL Front Office Insider in August 2013. The former general manager of the Cleveland Browns regularly appears on NFL Insiders, NFL Live and SportsCenter. He also contributes to ESPN Radio. In addition to his ESPN role, Savage is the executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl and the radio analyst for University of Alabama football games.
Savage has more than 20 years of NFL front office experience. Most notably, he served as senior vice president/GM of the Browns from 2005-08. Prior to that, he was director of player personnel (2003-04) and director of college scouting (1996-2002) for the Baltimore Ravens where he helped assemble a roster that included 12 Pro Bowl players – and won Super Bowl XXXV.
Savage began his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns in 1991 when he was hired by then-head coach Bill Belichick. After starting as a coaching assistant on defense, Savage transitioned to college scouting in 1994. When the franchise left Cleveland for Baltimore in 1996, Savage was part of the move.
After his second stint with the Browns, Savage served as a player personnel consultant (2010-11) and player personnel executive (2011-12) with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Savage spent the early years of his career as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama (1987-89), at UCLA (tight ends coach, 1990), and with the San Antonio Riders of the World League.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Savage was named executive director of the Senior Bowl in May 2012. He has been a radio analyst for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, calling weekly Alabama football games in the fall, since 2009. He is also a regular host and contributor to Sirius/XM NFL (Ch. 88) and College Sports Nation (Ch. 91) coverage.
Savage attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he earned a bachelor of arts in English. He played football and was a three-time all-conference shortstop for the baseball team. Savage also received a master’s degree in physical education from Alabama in 1989.