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Lions Plan Cost-Cutting Moves with Lockout a Month Old

The Lions have not made any changes since the NFL lockout began more than a month ago. But they’re coming. Team president Tom Lewand announced the club will be implementing some cost-cutting measures as the work stoppage marches on. “Immediately there were no staffing changes, no salary reductions, no furloughs and those kinds of things,” Lewand said, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

“As this goes on, those become more and more likely, and we do have plans in place for some changes that will occur.” Per the report, changes will begin at the very top of the food chain. Lewand pointed out that Lions vice chairman Bill Ford took a 30 percent salary cut from Ford Motor Co. in 2009 and 2010 as the executive there. “And that’s the same kind of philosophy that we would adopt, too, that we have adopted,” Lewand said. “And that is anything that we do that impacts our staff will start with me, with (coach) Jim Schwartz, with (general manager) Martin Mayhew and carry on.”

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