It turns out the Detroit Lions’ wide search of general manager candidates is not quite done. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions will interview current Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds on Tuesday.
Dodds has been with the Colts since 2017, first joining as an advisor to then GM Chris Ballard, before quickly being named assistant GM in 2018. Since then, we’ve seen the Colts turn in a 10-6, 9-7 and 11-5 season in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Colts have been one of the better-built franchises over the last few years, from coaching hires to roster building.
Prior to his time with the Colts, Dodds spent 10 season (2007-2016) with the Seattle Seahawks, working his way up to senior personnel executive. There, he helped oversee a team that went to back-to-back Super Bowls (won one), and won their division five times.
Dodds interviewed with the Carolina Panthers last week, but he has since withdrawn himself from consideration for the job. He has not interviewed anywhere else this hiring season, but he was considered a candidate for the Browns job last year before he withdrew from consideration there.
It’s worth nothing that Dodds has a close connection two of the Lions’ top candidates for their head coaching job. He worked alongside both Robert Saleh and Darrell Bevell during his time in Seattle.
Dodds has been one of fans’ most popular candidates and several had expressed frustration that the Lions hadn’t interviewed him yet. The fact that Dodds is interested enough to take the interview—especially considering how selective he is—and the fact that the Lions reached out to him have to both be considered very positive signs about how this general manager search is going.