The Detroit Lions’ decision to trade tight end TJ Hockenson on Tuesday was one of the biggest surprises before the deadline. The fact that Detroit sent Hockenson in NFC North to the Minnesota Vikings made that move all the more remarkable.
Lions general manager Brad Holmes has explained why a deal makes sense between the two division foes.
Holmes says the unwritten rule of not swapping with another member of the division didn’t affect either party. He dismissed that “archaic” mindset and said both teams “agreed” that a trade could be completed despite competing for the same NFC North crown.
This isn’t the first time these teams have taken a big step with each other. In the 2022 NFL Draft, Detroit traded the No. 12 pick from the Vikings in order to select Alabama star Jameson Williams. The deal worked for both parties — Minnesota getting extra draft compensation and the Lions getting a coveted wide pick — so it came to fruition.
Good to see Holmes, in his first term as GM, not sticking to the rules of the past and limiting his market. He will look to strike any deal that will help speed up the rebuilding of this squad.
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