The Detroit Lions continued the revamping of the personnel department over the weekend, as new general manager Bob Quinn made the decision to part ways with senior vice president of football operations Cedric Saunders.
Via Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman:
The Lions have let go VP of football operations Cedric Saunders, per league sources.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 22, 2016
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After working for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, Saunders landed with the Lions in 2006. He was a top personnel executive under former GM Martin Mayhew, who was fired midseason with team president Tom Lewand.
Quinn's decision did not come as a surprise to Saunders.
(I was) lucky enough to be there 10 years. The Fords were great owners, and we appreciate everything they did.
I knew at some point it'd have to change, especially if we weren't as successful as we wanted to be.
Saunders' role with the Lions included managing the team's salary cap and assisting in contract negotiations. With the team heading in a new direction, Quinn will want someone familiar in that role.