The Detroit Lions have a new lead contract negotiator, and naturally, he has New England Patriots ties.

The Lions hired Mike Disner as vice president of football administration, the team announced Tuesday.

Disner, a West Bloomfield native, replaces Matt Harriss, who was fired Monday in a move that came as a shock to many in the organization.

Harriss inherited a poor salary-cap situation and positioned the Lions to be players in free agency this offseason. The Lions currently stand about $30 million under the projected salary cap for 2019, and are likely to create even more room by releasing several veterans or restructuring their contracts.

Disner spent the past six seasons as director of football administration for the Arizona Cardinals, where he helped negotiate player contracts and was involved with managing the Cardinals’ salary cap.

He began his NFL career as an intern for the New England Patriots in 2005-06, and was a scouting assistant with the team in 2007 before later working for the NFL Management Council.

In New England, Disner worked with Lions coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn.

With the Lions, Disner will manage the Lions’ salary cap and oversee all other aspects of the football side of the business.

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