(ALLEN PARK)--"This is the NFL, which stands for Not For Long," once quipped former Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville.
Sources tell LionsFans.com that the Lions are currently contemplating whether to release Elliss from the last three years of his contract immediately or wait until after June 1 when the impact of his salary cap hit could be deferred until the 2004 season.
Elliss signed a hugely backloaded six-year contract extension with the Lions during the 1999 season. The Lions were in the midst of their "Lion for Life" campaign and figured the very grounded, solid citizen Elliss would be the cornerstone of their defense.
But injuries have robbed Elliss of much of his effectiveness and with three years left on his deal at $4.7, $5.2 and $5.7 million after back-to-back subpar seasons, the Lions are contemplating his release.
Elliss has volunteered to re-do his deal to spread it out over a longer period of time but so far, Detroit has declined his offer. Not a good sign.
Meanwhile, the Lions re-upped with Robert Porcher, reworking the two years remaining on his contract extensibly turning it into a two-year $7 million deal with a $1 million signing bonus. The extension means Porcher's deal runs through 2004 which the veteran from South Carolina State hinted will likely be his last year as a pro.
"I really just focus in on this season, said the veteran Porcher when asked if 2005 would be his last season. "I'm one of those guys, I like to focus on the task at hand. Now after this year, who knows."
Porcher has the opportunity to decide his own destiny, things don't look nearly as clear for Elliss.