Lions don't plan any immediate changes with lockout
The Detroit Lions don’t plan any significant moves, not at the outset of the lockout anyway.
Team president Tom Lewand announced Saturday that there would be no layoffs, furloughs or paycuts immediately, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
That doesn’t mean changes will not be made down the road. Per the report, NFL Coaches Association head Larry Kennan said Lions assistant coaches could lose 25 percent of their salary if the lockout extends beyond 60 days.
“We’re not going to get into specifics about what the plans are, but at least in the near term, as we prepare for the draft, as we’re getting ready, we are not making any modifications,” Lewand said on a conference call with reporters. “There will be no changes in staffing as a result of the lockout and there’ll be no changes in salaries as a result of the lockout right now.”
The Lions have done well at the box office early in the offseason. Lewand indicated renewals and new sales are ahead of where they were at this time a year ago, and that’s to be expected given the team’s growth under coach Jim Schwartz and the addition of defensive rookie of the year Ndamukong Suh.
“(Fans) are not interested in hearing about which side has what and posturing at the negotiating table or in the courtroom,” Lewand said. “They’re interested in watching Lions football. We understand that. We get it. And that’s what we’re focused on as well. We want to play football, we want to build on the last four games of last year, build on the things that we’ve been doing as an organization the last two years and that’s where the focus needs to be.”
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