The Detroit Lions are having a busy day. Earlier they hired Michael McCarthy to help coach the offensive line. Shortly after, the Lions confirmed what we were all assuming, hiring the recently fired Harold Nash to take over the strength and conditioning department. Now the Lions have found themselves the "capologist" they were looking for:
The Lions have hired former Giants director of football operations Matt Harriss to be their new vice president of football administration.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 29, 2016
Matt Harriss was linked to Detroit shortly after they missed out on nabbing Dawn Aponte. Harriss joins the Lions after 10 years within the New York Giants' organization. Harriss was originally brought to New York by Ernie Accorsi, who was serving as the team's general manager at the time, but now helps advise the Lions.
Harriss comes with a lot of financial experience in the NFL. After graduating college, he joined the NFL League Office and quickly moved from intern to player personnel analyst for the Management Council. To clear up that gibberish of a title, he basically worked with all things related to salary cap and was responsible for knowing all personnel rules. In other words, Harriss' specialty since entering the league is managing the cap and familiarizing himself with the minutiae of NFL rules and regulations regarding player acquisition.
Harriss most recent duties under the Giants organization was to work aside assistant general manager Kevin Abrams on salary cap issues and maintaining Collect Bargaining Agreement compliance. He will likely have very similar duties in Detroit under general manager Bob Quinn.