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Report: Kevin Abrams to interview for Lions G.M. opening

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Fans wait to enter Ford Field due to increased security prior the game between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on November 26, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Lions brought in former Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi to consult with the team on their search for a new General Manager this offseason and one of the reported candidates for the job is very familiar to Accorsi.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports that the Lions will interview Giants assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams for the opening. Abrams was hired by the Giants in 1999 when Accorsi was still on the job and was promoted to his current position after three years.  Accorsi left the team in 2007 with Jerry Reese taking over at the top of the personnel department.

Abrams first held the role of salary cap analyst for the Giants and remains the team’s chief contract negotiator while also, per the team, dealing with “related strategic planning for football operations and coordinating the organization’s compliance with the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.” He also works with the pro and college scouting departments to evaluate players for the draft and free agency.

Abrams joins Lions interim General Manager Sheldon White, Seahawks exec Trent Kirchner and Patriots exec Dan Quinn as reported candidates for the job. Cowboys exec Will McClay and Bengals exec Duke Tobin have each passed on the opportunity to pursue the opening.

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13 Responses to “Report: Kevin Abrams to interview for Lions G.M. opening”
  1. mortalkondek says: Jan 6, 2016 11:18 AM

    I really hope this team does not stand pat with Sheldon White. There’s finally an opportunity to have some change here. I hope ownership takes advantage of it.

  2. 81megatron81 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:47 AM

    Lions have a rare opportunity to do something huge here. The roster is stacked and the coaches are decent, I personally would like a change at HC but am happy with the coordinaters. Either way, please as a life long Lions fan, don’t screw this up!

  3. metrocritical says: Jan 6, 2016 11:51 AM

    Ownership needs to identify and hire a quality football guy pronto before the dominos begin to fall. If Teryl Austin and JB Cooter depart, there is no reason whatsoever to keep Caldwell. If they aren’t going to keep Caldwell, they better decide rapidement because all the best candidates will soon be gone to other teams, assembling their own staffs. The Lions should’ve swept out Caldwell along with Lewand and Mayhew and given Austin a test run for the remainder of the season. The team is in yet another quandary because the owners relentlessly make foolish decisions.

  4. tformation says: Jan 6, 2016 11:59 AM

    What, no Matt Millen references? Son, I am disappoint.

    Come back home, Matt. Nothing is forgiven, we just miss you.

  5. lingsun54 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:05 PM

    I don’t see Jim Bob Cooter getting the opportunity for a head coaching position. Not after half a year of success.

    I don’t see Teryl Austin getting a head coaching job either. Not unless he wants the Browns job. It’s hard for defensive coordinators to get head coaching jobs. He had a great year in 2014 but 2015 was just an average year.

  6. joshhatesthesteelers says: Jan 6, 2016 12:26 PM

    If a team with a gm opening is able to hire Duke Tobin they will be one lucky franchise

  7. ahs2 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:28 PM

    Gotta hire Bob Quinn!

  8. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 6, 2016 1:13 PM

    Responses to some of the comments above …

    I don’t ever want to hear about Mutt Millen again. He was overmatched, knew it, and still greedily kept cashing his checks. He should be locked in a room with Adrian Peterson and a switch for grossly stealing from the Ford family.

    Teryl Austin could very well be gone soon.

    Sheldon White should be interim only.

    At least some of the players have publicly backed Caldwell. To me it appears he can motivate players as they didn’t quit after they were 1-7. However, he’s no game manager. That’s enough to get rid of him.

    I like Bob Quinn. Also, Eliot Wolf (probably won’t leave Green Bay), Nick Caserio, and Trent Kirchner.

    I applaud Mrs. Ford for attempting to implement change for the better.

  9. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 6, 2016 1:18 PM

    I just want the Pat’s guy.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 6, 2016 1:26 PM

    This is an exciting time for Lions fans and I truly believe that there’s no reason this franchise can’t be the most successful team over the next 20 years. It would be nice to see an expedient acquisition, but most importantly I hope that we interview as many candidates as possible to ensure that the best person for the assignment is hired.

    Following the lead of the Wolverines, it would be wonderful if they turned over every stone and considered candidates with roots and ties to the area, somebody that has a fortified connection and lifelong story as a resident and fan of this team and community. I really hope that they have a strategic plan to analyze and inspect candidates that include this element.

    This team truly needs a leader not just with integrity and intelligence, but one with vision and heart; a true believer.

    Go Lions!

  11. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 6, 2016 1:55 PM

    thetruthcampaign says:
    Jan 6, 2016 1:18 PM

    I just want the Pat’s guy.
    _____________________

    Nick Caserio is the New England Patriots director of player personnel.

  12. angrylionsfan says: Jan 6, 2016 2:28 PM

    I’m not crazy about Abrams considering how bad their recent drafts have been and the fact that he was more or less “the contract guy”. Seem like he would have been a better president.

    However, if Abrams had a good relationship with Coughlin and that brings him to Detroit, then I’m for it.

  13. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 6, 2016 4:08 PM

    Hire Trump. He’ll build a wall around Soldier Field and make the Bears pay for it.

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