John Niyo: Stafford trade talks raise pressure — and possibility — for new Lions GM Brad Holmes

Lions ownership didn’t even know who Brad Holmes was a couple of months ago. Now Sheila Ford Hamp is trusting a newly-hired, first-time general manager to trade away the most prolific passer in franchise history — and to get fair market value in return. If that sounds like a huge leap of faith, it is. But it’s also a huge opportunity for the 41-year-old Holmes to prove himself, tasked with orchestrating a deal that’ll go a long way in charting this franchise’s future, to say nothing of his own. Nearly three weeks ago, Matthew Stafford finally told management he was ready to move on, on the hee…

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