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Dan Campbell says as a “true alpha,” he can concede final say on roster moves

Mike Florio and Charean Williams push back on Dan Campbell's claim that the franchise tag is 'a nice chunk' of money for players, arguing that it hurts would-be free agents by postponing their chance to cash in.

Lions coach Dan Campbell is continuing to hone his tough-guy image even as he acknowledges that he’s not calling all the shots in Detroit.

Campbell acknowledged that if he and General Manager Brad Holmes have a disagreement about a roster move, Campbell may have to be the one to back down, and he’s OK with that.

“Here’s what I would say about a true alpha,” Campbell said, via the Detroit Free Press. “A true alpha knows when it’s time to concede for the betterment of the team, and so I would tell you, one way or another, there’s already been a couple of things where it’s like, ‘Ah, maybe we don’t — you see it a little more this way, I see it [this way].’ We haven’t had one problem. And we’re not going to have a problem.”

Campbell views himself as a “true alpha,” but there may be more than one alpha in Detroit.