Lions Part Ways With Execs Jimmy Raye III, Kyle O’Brien

Two experienced NFL executives are now free agents. The Lions’ Brad Holmes-led front office will not include Bob Quinn-era holdovers Jimmy Raye III and Kyle O’Brien, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press notes.

The Lions hired O’Brien shortly after naming Quinn GM. He served as the franchise’s VP of player personnel. In December, O’Brien interviewed for the job that ended up going to Holmes. O’Brien spent most of his career with the Patriots, following Quinn from New England to Detroit in 2017.

Raye worked as a senior personnel executive with the Lions, joining the team in 2018. The veteran scout/exec has been a regular on the GM interview circuit, having met with the Colts, 49ers, Texans and Panthers about their respective jobs from 2017-18. Raye served as Indianapolis’ interim GM in between Ryan Grigson‘s firing and the hiring of Chris Ballard. Most of Raye’s career has come with the Chargers, who employed him from 1996-2012.

Holmes, assistant GM Ray Agnew and senior personnel exec John Dorsey are now in charge of the Lions, who are expected to conduct a rebuild. The front office quickly greenlit a Matthew Stafford trade that brought back two first-round picks and Jared Goff.

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  1. MileHighFan

    The Stafford deal told you all you need to know about the new GM – he isn’t interested in improving the Lions.

    • jay13

      Please elaborate… I think it was the best deal available for the task at hand. 1 extra 1st round pick in this draft is not going to fix all the holes. The next 2 drafts the Lions have 2 first round picks. Who thought the Texans would play poorly but the Dolphins are sure happy. Next year’s crop of players should be interesting. Alot of talent coming in the next 2 drafts.

      • Superbear29

        That trade was a win-win trade for all parties. Stafford deserves a chance to win and the Lions need a fresh start. This coming from a Bears fan. Wish my team did a similar thing.

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