Lions hire Millen, but for what?
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit Lions chairman and president William Clay Ford said Monday that the team has hired former NFL linebacker and TV commentator Matt Millen.
Ford, however, would not announce Millen's position or give other details. Lions head coach Gary Moeller also declined comment Monday.
An NFL source, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said Millen will be hired as president and general manager of the Lions. Lions officials tentatively planned a news conference for 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Millen, 42, has been an NFL analyst for Fox Sports since 1994 and worked for CBS the two previous years. He also is the No. 1 analyst for CBS Radio Sports' NFL broadcasts.
Fox Sports officials have reported that Millen has agreed to a four-year, $12 million contract with the Lions.
The organization was interested in hiring Millen two years ago, but he asked to be removed from consideration.
Detroit has not won a championship since 1957 and has won just one playoff game since then.
The Lions have allowed their coaches -- Wayne Fontes, Bobby Ross and Moeller -- to run the football operation since Russ Thomas resigned as general manager after the 1989 season.
But change has swept through the organization over the last few months, and that is expected to continue.
The Lions fired their offensive and defensive coordinators along with their receivers coach after being eliminated from the playoffs by losing to Chicago in the regular-season finale.
Ross resigned as head coach after Detroit lost three straight to slip to a 5-4 record. Moeller immediately was given a 2 1/2-year contract and led Detroit to a 9-7 finish.
It is not known what Millen will decide to do with Moeller or with the organization's seven vice presidents.