Reports: Lions hiring Brad Holmes as general manager

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.