At one point, Sheldon White was assumed to be the heir apparent once Martin Mayhew was fired by the Detroit Lions back during the 2015 season. He would have represented yet another continuation of the Matt Millen line, as Mayhew was before him, and some rushed to judge him based on the team's performance post-Mayhew, even though that has no relevance on the job of a general manager. Instead, the Lions went with Bob Quinn, and now Sheldon White is out from Detroit.
Per MLive.com's Justin Rogers, the Detroit Lions parted ways with White on Thursday:
Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) February 4, 2016
Sheldon White confirmed reports that he had been let go from the team.
There appears to be no room for Sheldon White in the new regime. Although it has been weeks since Bob Quinn's hire without any word on his status, it would appear that White's role was still being evaluated, as he remained with the Lions for that period to handle obligations regarding work necessary for the free agency period. When his work was completed, his services were no longer necessary.
It is unclear where White goes from here. He'll probably get a fair shake somewhere else, perhaps not in a top general manager position, but certainly on a staff. His former boss, Martin Mayhew, was interviewed for several open general manager positions in the league, but did not land any of those available gigs.