The Lions began their search for a new General Manager with a series of interviews before the regular season ended. But the Detroit Copper is also planning a potentially huge move.
Sources say the Lions are planning to go after GM Seahawks John Schneider to open the vacant GM, a rental that would send shock waves around the NFL.
One of the league’s most respected employees and managers, Schneider teamed up with head coach Pete Carroll to lead Seattle to the Super Bowls by one win and make the organization a permanent participant in the final. Seahawks weigh 111-63-1 in the Carroll-Schneider era and 11-4 this season, and NFC West has won for the fifth time.
While it would not be envisaged in any other circumstance that the Lions would be able to attract a decorated GM like himself, Schneider does not have primary authority over all employee decisions in Seattle – as Carroll does. It didn’t really matter, given Carroll and Schneider are in full swing, but under the NFL’s anti-fraud policy, Lions or another team could try to meet Schneider if you offered him full control. It is also possible that another team will tour Schneider.
While Carroll recently agreed to extend the contract through 2025, Schneider only has one year left on his contract.
Detroit is looking for an experienced general manager, but the other top candidate would be Vikings VP of Player Personnel and GM Assistant George Paton. Although he’s never been a general manager before, Patton is highly respected and works alongside GM Rick Spielman, who happens to be his brother, Chris, a newly appointed Special Assistant to Lions President Sheila Ford Hump and is part of the research process. .
Detroit has already interviewed three internal candidates for her vacancy at GM – Director of Personnel Lance Newmark, Deputy Director of Personnel Kyle O’Brien, and professional scout director Rob Lohman – as well as veteran general manager Scott Pewley and Thomas Dimitrov and Rick. Smith and ESPN analyst Lewis Riddick.
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