Seahawks interested in Lewand for Club President

Seattle sees rising star in Lions organization as possible leader

ALLEN PARK - Lions executive vice president and chief operating officer Tom Lewand is on the short list of the Seattle Seahawks for president of their organization.

Lewand, in his current position with the Lions is the team's chief salary negotiator and architect of the organizations salary cap. He is widely viewed around the league as one of the brightest minds in the business and his work in helping Detroit secure a new state-of-the-art downtown stadium and secure the NCAA Final Four as well as a Super Bowl have not gone unnoticed.

It might be difficult for Lewand, 38, to consider a move away from the area where he has long established and deep ties. His father was the chief of staff for former Michigan Governor Jim Blanchard and head of the Michigan Democratic Party. His grandfather was a former judge of the Michigan Circuit Court of Appeals and Lewand himself graduated with a degree in Business and a Law Degree from the University of Michigan. He currently resides with his family in Royal Oak.

If Lewand were interested he'd be moving to a team that is not without resources and is in a position to make a strong upward move in the NFC. Seattle has a deep pockets owner in Paul Allen, one of the founding fathers of the Microsoft corporation.

In addition, the Seahawks also sport a state of the art new facility in downtown Seattle and have a rabid fan base, much like the Lions have in Detroit. The position would be a step up from the position he occupies today, although many view him as the de-facto president of the Detroit Lions organization currently.

While the Detroit Lions did not respond to request for comment immediately, Lewand told the Seattle Times Tribune "I haven't talked to anybody in Seattle. I'm very happy where I am and we have a lot of business to take care of here. I want to win the Super Bowl right here in Detroit."

Lewand is universally liked and respected by both the Lions organization and the media and it is not surprising he would likely find it difficult to leave the area.

ASSISTANTS IN DEMAND: Detroit will allow receivers coach Kevin Higgins to interview with the Minnesota Vikings for their vacant quarterbacks coaching position. Higgins prefers to coach quarterbacks and lost that opportunity when Detroit brought Greg Olson aboard. Olson is viewed as a brilliant young mind in the Detroit organization. A published report earlier this week stated that Detroit denied the New Orleans Saints and opportunity to interview Olson for their offensive coordinators position. Detroit said it had not denied permission for Tom Rathman to speak to the San Francisco 49ers about their offensive coordinator's position.

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