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Report: Detroit Lions hiring Ray Agnew as assistant GM

More front office help for Brad Holmes and company.

Ray Agnew

The Detroit Lions apparently aren’t done adding more talent to their front office. After hiring Brad Holmes as the team’s next general manager and reportedly adding former NFL GM John Dorsey in an unspecified role, Detroit will apparently be adding an assistant general manager as well.

Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Rams director of pro personnel Ray Agnew is being hired as the Lions’ next assistant general manager.

Agnew is a former NFL player, having been drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 1990 draft. He enjoyed an 11-year career with the Patriots, Giants and Rams. After his playing career, he joined the Rams, rising up the ranks until he reached his current position of director of pro personnel, a position he’s held for the past four years.

Interestingly enough, the Lions will now have two key employees from the Rams’ front office. Holmes was the director of college scouting, so combined with Agnew, they have people from both sides of player personnel acquisition.

Earlier in the week, Holmes described how Rams general manager Les Snead ran the personnel department, saying that both sides were consulted when adding players both in the draft and free agency.

“He basically had us involved in the decision-making process on both fronts, whether it’s pro (or) college,” Holmes explained in his introductory press conference with the Lions.

To that point, Agnew, a defensive tackle himself, was apparently one of the people pounding the table for Aaron Donald in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Regardless of how the power dynamic works in Detroit now, the Lions have suddenly added two very experienced employees to their front office as they start to seriously overturn their decision-makers at the top of the organization.

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