The Detroit Lions are expected to hire Brad Holmes, currently the director of college scouting for the LA Rams, to be their next general manager, agreeing to terms on a five-year deal on Thursday according to multiple sources. The move means that the Rams will receive two third round compensatory picks — picks that will be added at the end of the third round — because the Lions hired a minority candidate out of their organization.
It was previously reported that the Lions couldn’t announce Holmes as GM until the Rams were finished with the postseason but it appears that Detroit may do so if LA approves it. In either case, it seems as though Holmes is headed to the Lions eventually.
CORRECTION: I've now been told teams CAN announce GM hiring (not a coach) if his old team approves of it. There you go.— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) January 14, 2021
Hypothetically, Saints could give permission for Falcons to offer GM job to Terry Fontenot now but he is pro personnel guy and so is more involved in playoffs https://t.co/M43q0X4MIU
Holmes was previously the director of college scouting for the Los Angeles Rams, which is the organization he’s known for the last 18 years. Because of a rule that was approved in November to reward teams for hiring minority candidates out of other organizations, the Rams are expected to receive two third round compensatory picks.
Lions expected to hire Los Angeles Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, per source. They are finalizing a multi-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2021
Holmes had also interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons, but it was reported on Thursday that they are expected to hire Terry Fontenot as their next GM, leaving Holmes available to the Lions.
Here’s some of what was written about Holmes in our previous reports.
Holmes started as a public relations intern in 2003 and the following year he became a scouting assistant in 2004. Holmes worked his way up the ranks – as a national combine scout, area scout and national scout before becoming the director of college scouting in 2013.
The Lions have not interviewed or requested an interview with Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley yet, but with Holmes as the new GM, that could happen soon. Jason LaCanfora says that Staley would bring in Anthony Weaver, Jonathan Gannon and Jay Rodgers as assistants.
Brandon Staley, who has met w/Jets and Chargers (and possibly Lions to come) would bring a very strong staff of rising coaches, I'm told, including Texans DC Anthony Weaver, Colts DB coach Jonathan Gannon (great work with that secondary) and Bears DL coach Jay Rodgers (former QB)— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 14, 2021
It was also reported on Thursday by Michael Lombardi that the Jacksonville Jaguars could hire Ray Farmer out of the Rams’ organization to be their next GM. Farmer is also a minority candidate, which I assume would mean two more third round picks.
Name to watch in Jacksonville for GM is Ray Farmer.— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) January 14, 2021