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Brad Holmes Explains Mindset on Making Trade With Division Rival Vikings

Isaiah De Los Santos
Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes explains his decision to trade with the division rival Minnesota Vikings.
Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes explains his decision to trade with the division rival Minnesota Vikings. / (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Detroit Lions deciding to trade tight end T.J. Hockenson on Tuesday was one of the biggest surprises ahead of the deadline. Making the move even more notable was the fact Detroit sent Hockenson within the NFC North to the Minnesota Vikings.

Lions GM Brad Holmes explained why a deal made sense between the two divisional foes.

Holmes says the unwritten rule of not trading to a fellow division member didn't concern either party. He dismissed this "archaic" mindset and said both teams were in "agreeance" that a trade could be worked out despite competing for the same NFC North crown.

This isn't the first time these squads have made a major move with one another. During the 2022 NFL Draft, Detroit traded up the Vikings' No. 12 pick in order to select Alabama star Jameson Williams. The deal worked out for both sides -- Minnesota getting extra draft compensation and the Lions getting a wideout they coveted -- so it came to fruition.

It's good to see Holmes, who's in his first tenure as a GM, not sticking to the rules of the past and limting his market. He'll look to make any deal that helps expedite this team's rebuild.

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