Who will the Lions hire to replace Millen?

Detroit already has promoted Martin Mayhew from assistant general manager to general manager. But it hardly means the Lions will stop looking.

Detroit has from now through the end of the season to begin compiling other candidates to interview to replace the deposed Matt Millen.

Talking to league executives the past two days yielded this list. It is far from complete. Perhaps the Lions always could talk somebody such as former Packers general manager Ron Wolf out of retirement. Perhaps they would be willing to turn over their entire football operations to somebody such as Bill Cowher. Perhaps they even hire a president such as Rich McKay and give him full control.

But if they start to build a list of potential general managers to interview, executives agreed that these would be some of the names that would be on the list.

Ruston Webster, Seahawks’ VP/Player personnel — Has a great job with a great salary in Seattle, so might not be easy to hire.

Gene Smith, Jaguars’ executive director of college and pro scouting — Viewed as the heir apparent in Jacksonville.

Reggie McKenzie, Packers’ director of football operations — Nearly landed a general manager job last offseason.

John Schneider, Packers’ director of football operations — See McKenzie above.

Will Lewis, Seahawks’ director of pro scouting — Another qualified candidate if Detroit passes up Lewis’ Seattle teammate, Webster.

Mark Dominik, Buccaneers’ director of pro personnel — Does not get the recognition in Tampa that he deserves.

Tom Heckert, Eagles’ general manager — Has come close to leaving Philadelphia before and could be persuaded again.

Rich McKay, Falcons’ president — An intriguing choice that would bring more name value than other candidates.

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