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A week ago, when he was announcing Jim Caldwell as the Detroit Lions new head coach, general manager Martin Mayhew said he didn't expect his senior personnel executive, Brian Xanders, to be around for long.
Turns out, Xanders might be with Detroit for at least a little bit longer.
According to this report from Mike Klis in the Denver Post -- and Xanders was the general manager for the Broncos from 2009 to 2012, so he is plugged in with these matters -- Xanders is not a finalist for the Miami Dolphins general manager job.
This means Xanders is likely to stay in Detroit for the time being, a benefit for the Lions. Xanders helped revamp the organization's scouting system when he was hired a year ago and he and Mayhew combined to put together a strong offseason of acquisitions for the Lions in both free agency and the draft.
So having Xanders around for a little while longer should assist Detroit as it heads into this offseason, where there are some key personnel moves to discuss as well as some holes to fill in free agency and the draft -- as there is every year.
At some point, Xanders will likely be a general manager again. He is young and he has put together a strong pedigree of fielding teams -- or at least assisting in it. Detroit should enjoy his services while he is with the Lions.
And now, a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press breaks down what Ndamukong Suh switching agents means.
Ziggy Ansah's success means other BYU players have hope, writes Josh Katzenstein from the Detroit News.
Mike Preston from the Baltimore Sun writes the best fit for the Ravens offensive coordinator is none other than Scott Linehan.