The Detroit Lions have been rumored to have one major target during free agency this offseason. And according to several reports, they have landed him.
When it comes to the Detroit Lions, trying to determine who might be their targets in free agency comes with one prerequisite: Have they played for the New England Patriots before?
With former New England alums in general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia in charge in the Motor City, this Lions’ are quickly becoming home for a lot of ex-Patriots. And this offseason is no exception.
With free agency kicking off this week, the Lions are reportedly already set to sign former Seattle Seahawks’ slot cornerback Justin Coleman. Coleman spent his first two seasons with Patricia in New England. Now another ex-Pat is reportedly coming to Detroit.
First reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Lions intend to sign free agent defensive end Trey Flowers. The deal is rumored to be a five-year deal worth anywhere between $16-$17 million per season. That according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
A fourth-round selection out of Arkansas back in 2015, Flowers has spent the past four seasons with the Patriots. Three of those years were under Patricia as the former defensive coordinator in New England. The 25-year old pass rusher figured to be the Lions’ top free agent target with the career of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah in Motown likely coming to an end.
Flowers is considered one of the top free agents hitting the open market this week. He’s posted a total of 21.0 sacks over the past three seasons and is considered one of the most consistent defenders in the league. Flower’s previous time spent in Patricia’s defensive scheme made this move a no-brainer for the Lions.
With the expected signing of two-time Super Bowl winner Trey Flowers, the Detroit Lions will field a very talented defense in 2019 that includes the likes of defensive tackle Damon Harrison, the team’s 2018 sack leader in defensive end Romeo Okwara, and last year’s rookie steal in defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand.