The Detroit Lions will have plenty of competition to when it comes to finding a new general manager this offseason. There are currently seven GM vacancies across the NFL: the Lions, Jaguars, Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Broncos and Washington Football Team.
Though the Lions have gotten a nice little jump on a lot of these teams—having already interviewed seven candidates with four more candidates interviewing this week—the Lions will have to overcome a challenge that some of these teams may not: convincing a team to come to Detroit despite better options elsewhere.
PFF’s Michael Renner ranked the seven GM openings on Tuesday, and he placed the Lions as the least desirable job among them. Based on criteria like 2021 cap space ($12.2 million), 2021 free agents, and current “blue-chip” top players (Taylor Decker and Frank Ragnow) at their positions, Renner believes Detroit could have a hard time convincing them to take the job.
“The Lions’ blue-chip list pretty much says it all. Any general manager taking over this roster has very few building blocks to work with,” Renner said.
Do you agree?
- One tough decision a new general manager will have to make is what to do with Matthew Stafford. Here’s how Vegas has set the odds for Stafford’s future:
Odds on where Matthew Stafford will open next season, per Bovada:— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) January 5, 2021
- Cornerback Jeff Okudah spoke with the media on Monday and opened up about his rookie year struggles, his groin injury, and dysfunction he saw within the Lions organization. Yikes, tough rookie season for the third overall pick. Kyle Meinke has a good writeup on that press conference, but you can watch it here, too.
- Congratulations to Jonah Jackson for making The Draft Network’s all-rookie team:
- PFF ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks in the league by final PFF grades. Matthew Stafford came in 12th with an 82.0 grade.
- Happy 29th anniversary to the Lions’ last playoff win. Now I’m sad.
- UPDATE ON CALVIN JOHNSON AND THE LIONS: STILL BEEFIN’. Team president Rod Wood said their relationship hasn’t changed, but it’s clear he thinks it’s on Calvin.
“We’re supportive of Calvin’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame, continue to try to reach out to him, but it’s going to require both of us to get together on that. It’s not just us.”
Meanwhile, Johnson told Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press that the Lions haven’t reached out to him recently.