Trey Flowers expected to sign with Lions in free agency

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Trey Flowers of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Trey Flowers of the New England Patriots looks on in the first half of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

From the NFL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

Trey Flowers is cashing in. The former Patriots edge defender is expected to sign with the Detroit Lions when NFL free agency begins on Wednesday. Adam Schefter was first with the news via Twitter on Monday, after the start of the league's annual "legal tampering" period.

Flowers played 46 games in four seasons with the Patriots, compiling 21 sacks, 59 quarterback hits, and 168 total tackles as a cornerstone of the defense over the last three. He also started the last three Super Bowls for the Pats, winning two.

Schefter added that it's a five-year deal for Flowers with the Lions. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the deal is in the range of $16-17 million per season.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic later tweeted that the Lions' offer was significantly better than the final one from the Patriots. The offer from the Pats has yet to be disclosed.

With the expected departures of Flowers and left tackle Trent Brown, the Patriots will likely gain compensatory third-round picks in the 2020 draft. They got two in the 2019 draft after losing tackle Nate Solder and cornerback Malcolm Butler.

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