Lions president Rod Wood announced that the team has an agreement in principle to make Bob Quinn their next general manager.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Lions are expected to hire Patriots director of pro scouting Bob Quinn as their next general manager.
- According to Ian Rapoport, the two parties are working out the final details of his contract right now.
- Rapoport adds that Bill Belichick’s support for Quinn helped them make the move.
Recent reports mentioned that the Lions were hoping to have their GM search wrapped up by Saturday, but it appears as though they’re sold on Quinn leading the front office.
The first order of business will be to determine whether or not they’ll retain HC Jim Caldwell and the rest of the team’s coaching staff. Indications are that Caldwell has at least a chance of returning for the 2016 season.
However, the Lions have maintained that this decision will ultimately be up to their next GM.
Quinn, 39, joined the Patriots as a player personnel assistant back in 2000. Since then, he’s worked his way up through the organization.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick said that Quinn has handled a number of responsibilities including pro, college, and advance scouting and has done a real solid job with all of them, per Mike Reiss.