According to Ian Rapoport, the Lions plan to interview ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for their general manager vacancy on Friday.
Rapoport says this is the first known external interview that Detroit has conducted.
In addition to interviewing three internal candidates, the Lions have also shown interest in former Giants GM Jerry Reese and plan to interview former Texans GM Rick Smith to replace former GM Bob Quinn.
Riddick’s name has also come up as a candidate for the Falcons GM vacancy.
Riddick, 51, finished his playing career in 2001 and later took a job with Washington as a pro scout. He worked his way up to director of pro personnel before joining the Eagles as a pro scout in 2008.
Riddick once again managed to work his way up to director of pro personnel in Philadelphia before he was relieved of his duties in 2013. He has spent the past several years working as an ESPN analyst.
The 49ers interviewed Riddick for their GM vacancy before they hired Kyle Shanahan and paired him with John Lynch. Riddick was also connected to the Chiefs’ GM job and later interviewed for the Giants’ GM job that ultimately went to Dave Gettleman.
We’ll have more regarding the Lions’ GM search as the news is available.