Ward just completed his first season as an offensive assistant for the New York Jets, and because Ward is not a primary assistant, the Eagles would not need to ask the Jets for permission to interview him. He was also a two-time Super Bowl champion and won the Super Bowl XL MVP to cap off the 2005 season.
Ward caught 1,000 passes for 12,083 receiving yards and 85 touchdowns during his playing days. He was also known as a fierce blocker, tough competitor and was sometimes labeled as a dirty player.
According to the report from the Inquirer, Ward has had conversations with some people in the NovaCare Complex about the vacant job.
Duce Staley (running backs), Justin Peelle (tight ends), Phillip Daniels (defensive line) and Tim Hauck (safeties) all had long playing careers before joining the Eagles' staff. Ward and/or Engram fit that mold as longtime former players.
The Eagles will need permission to interview Ward, who is under contract with the Jets and Engram, who is now under contract with the Ravens. Engram, who has 20 years of combined National Football League experience as a player and coach, would also bring a similar perspective to the Eagles' staff.
And Engram has more coaching experience.
The Eagles have changed their wide receivers coach each season under Doug Pederson, which means there is pressure on the front office to finally bring stability to that position.
The Eagles will hire their fifth wide receivers coach in five years under Pederson this offseason.
Philadelphia needs to replace Carson Walch, who was sacked after one season as wide receivers coach.
They really need to find some consistency at the position.