The Detroit Lions are finalizing a multi-year deal to name Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, multiple outlets reported Thursday.
Holmes, 41, interviewed twice each with the Lions and Atlanta Falcons for their GM openings.
Holmes spent the past 18 years with the Rams, who will receive two third-round compensatory draft picks as part of the NFL’s new hiring initiatives.
Per a league resolution adopted in November, a team receives a third-rounder in each of the next two drafts if a minority assistant coach becomes a head coach or a personnel executive becomes a general manager.
Holmes, who played college football at North Carolina A&T, worked for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks after graduation before joining the Rams in St. Louis as a public relations intern in 2003. He became the college scouting director in 2013.
Holmes replaces Bob Quinn, who was dismissed along with head coach Matt Patricia on Nov. 28.
Quinn was hired in Detroit in January 2016 after being part of a front office that won four Super Bowls in New England.
The Lions finished 5-11 in 2020, their third straight losing season. Detroit hasn’t made the playoffs since 2016 and has not won a playoff game since the 1991 season, a 29-year drought that is the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind the Cincinnati Bengals (30 years).
Holmes’ immediate duties will include hiring a head coach and preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft, where the Lions will have the No. 7 overall pick.