The Detroit Lions have officially acknowledged contract negotiations it has had with former 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci. As LionsFans.com first reported Sunday night, the two sides are closing in on a deal and Mariucci is expected to be named head coach by Wednesday.
In a press release today, Lions' spokesman Bill Keenist stated that "significant progress" had been made in discussions, but no deal had been reached.
"We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached with Steve by the end of the day tomorrow." said Keenist.
Mike Fowler from LionsFans.com is reporting that the deal could be worth $15 million over four-years. Stay tuned with LionsFans.com as this story develops, or talk about it in the message board with other fans (www.lionstalk.com).
The Lions also announced the promotion of Tom Lewand to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Martin Mayhew to Senior Vice President of Football Administration and Legal Affairs. Lewand has been with the team for eight years, Mayhew since 2001.