Lions fire top contract negotiator Matt Harriss

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The Lions are making changes, and they’re not limiting them to the coaching staff.

According Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have “parted ways” with vice president of football administration Matt Harriss.

Harriss, who was their lead contract negotiator and cap guy, was one of General Manager Bob Quinn‘s first hires when he got to Detroit in 2016.

The Lions aren’t in terrible shape under the cap, and have gotten out from under some bad contracts lately, so it’s unclear the reason for the change.

Harriss spent the 10 years prior to being hired by the Lions with the Giants, working for Ernie Accorsi (who was the consultant who led the G.M. search that led to Quinn’s hiring).

The  Lions have also gotten rid of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, defensive quality control assistant Steve Williams, and offensive assistant Derius Swinton.

15 responses to “Lions fire top contract negotiator Matt Harriss

  1. Fire the janitor too, he was part of a losing organization. And don’t forget the ticket collector, better axe him as well.

    Was it a personality clash?
    Was it badly structured contracts? If tahst teh case doesn’t the former GM bearm teh blame for authorizing them. The contract guy doesn’t make up numbers and terms on his own, they are dictated by the GM. The boss says “Do this” not the subordinate saying to the boss “just sign here and everything will be ok”.

  2. This may just be Patricia wanting to bring in some of his own guys. I doubt he cares who the contract negotiator is, but maybe the GM felt a change was in order.

  3. vikesfansteve says:
    January 8, 2019 at 7:28 am
    Yeah, he’s the one who traded Tate when the Lions were only 2 games out. Or is he?
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    Whoever made the Tate trade should be promoted. The team wasn’t going anywhere and Tate wasn’t coming back next year. Might as well get something for him.

  4. therealraider says:
    January 8, 2019 at 8:49 am
    They need to get rid of that crappy, undisciplined coach who never shaves or shows up on time.

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    But wait, he’s a rocket scientist! 🙄

  5. mikewhorio says:
    January 8, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Whoever made the Tate trade should be promoted. The team wasn’t going anywhere and Tate wasn’t coming back next year. Might as well get something for him.

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    The team was very much in contention at that point, and had just made a big splash the week before in trading for Snacks Harrison (who did vastly improve our run defense). We also would have got a compensatory pick if we lost Tate to FA anyways.

  6. theyearofthecat1 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 10:06 am

    mikewhorio says:
    January 8, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Whoever made the Tate trade should be promoted. The team wasn’t going anywhere and Tate wasn’t coming back next year. Might as well get something for him.

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    The team was very much in contention at that point, and had just made a big splash the week before in trading for Snacks Harrison (who did vastly improve our run defense). We also would have got a compensatory pick if we lost Tate to FA anyways.

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    Contention for what?
    -If it’s not the Super Bowl, then you’re not in contention for anything…
    -The North? Who cares about winning the North? Getting a banner in the stadium for other than playoff appearances would be nice, but I’d rather not make the playoffs than limp in and get squashed.
    -A wildcard? What good have the Lions had over getting a wild card berth?

    Snacks was a move for the future. It was a damn good one too. Tate’s trade was to clear cap, get something for an expiring contract, and supposed to open the door to acquiring a tight end. It didn’t work out. But at the same time, the Lions carry the cap saved from Tate over to next year, and the team has draft equity to move around if need be. Tate might have been your favorite Lion, but he was only going to be a Lion for a couple more months anyway. Just enjoy having a 3rd rounder in the draft and get over it.

  7. The Tate trade was fine. He didn’t want to stay after this season anyway, and Stafford isn’t winning games anyway. How were we going to catch up to anyone with Tate? Tate’s a baller, but Tate hasn’t helped us win a playoff game since, well, ever. Tate wasn’t why we were losing or why we would suddenly start winning.

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