The Detroit Lions reportedly had some very loft goals this offseason when it came to their general manager hiring process. One of those plans reportedly included trying to pry the Seahawks’ current general manager John Schneider from the franchise, given that Pete Carroll is involved heavily in the personnel decisions and the Lions could offer him more control.
However those dreams died on Tuesday afternoon when the Seahawks announced they signed to an extension that will keep him under contract until 2027.
“For the last decade, John and head coach Pete Carroll have formed a tremendous partnership and the Seahawks have established a successful, unique, and truly winning culture respected throughout sports,” Seahawks chair Jody Allen said in a statement on Tuesday. “I know we are all excited to see that continue.”
The Lions also reportedly had ambitions to try and pry Kevin Colbert from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Colbert’s contract ends later this year, but like Schneider, there is an expectation he signs an extension with Pittsburgh.
The Lions still have plenty of options available to them. They have already interviewed 11 candidates and have another interview scheduled for Tuesday with Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds.
However, a few of their other candidates are starting to close in on second interviews with other teams. Vikings assistant GM George Paton is taking his second interview with the Broncos on Tuesday, as is Saints’ Terry Fontenot. Brad Holmes has already done two interviews with the Atlanta Falcons, too.
Hopefully we’ll get some clarity on the Lions’ search soon.
For the latest on the Lions’ general manager search, check out our 2021 tracker.