Detroit Lions hire Rams scouting director Brad Holmes as next general manager

Martha Ford and Sheila Ford Hamp of the Detroit Lions. (Detroit Lions)

The Detroit Lions have hired Los Angeles Rams Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, the team confirmed Thursday.

Holmes joins the Lions after spending the previous 18 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (2003-2020). In 2013, the Rams elevated Holmes to Director of College Scouting, where he was responsible for overseeing the team’s college scouting operations for the past eight seasons.

“On behalf of the entire Lions organization, I am thrilled to welcome Brad Holmes to Detroit. Several weeks ago when we embarked on this process, it was critical that we find the right person to fit our vision for this team. It was evident early on that Brad is a proven leader who is ready for this opportunity. We are thrilled to introduce him to our fans as a member of our football family.”

Holmes replaces Bob Quinn, who was fired, along with head coach Matt Patricia, earlier this year. The Lions have not hired a new head coach yet.

Holmes is the son of Melvin Holmes, who played offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1971-73, and is also the nephew of former Lions defensive back Luther Bradley (1978 first-round pick). He is married to his wife, Lisa, and together they have a son, B.J., and a daughter, Lola.

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