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Indianapolis — After the Lions hired Matt Harriss away from the Giants, the Giants replaced him with former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.

In his new role as director of football operations / special projects, Mayhew will help assistant GM Kevin Abrams on all aspects of the salary cap, including contract negotiations.

While the new job is a step down for Mayhew, who was the Lions’ GM the past seven seasons, Giants GM Jerry Reese is excited to have someone with Mayhew’s experience on his staff.

“We were able to hire Martin Mayhew, who is completely qualified to do any job in the front office,” Reese said Thursday at the NFL combine. “We think he’ll bring a lot to the table for us.”

Meanwhile, Harriss had been the director of football operations for the Giants, but after 10 years with New York, he joined the Lions this year as vice president of football administration, a job in which he’ll play a key role managing the salary cap.

“Matt Harriss is a guy who cut his teeth with us, young kid that came in and really did a tremendous job, and we’re happy and proud for him that he’s going over to the Lions,” Reese said. “They really have a good employee with Matt. He’ll do a tremendous job for the Lions.”

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