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Report: Detroit Lions signing DE Trey Flowers to 5-year deal

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IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED

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The Detroit Lions have landed their white whale. According to Adam Schefter, free agent edge defender Trey Flowers will be signing with the Lions:

It’s not often that a move which makes so much logical sense actually happens, but the general manager Bob Quinn managed to rope in what was likely his biggest target in free agency.

This all but spells the end for the Ezekiel Ansah era in Detroit, but the Lions have their new pass rusher, and he’s got quite the pedigree coming from his time with the Patriots:

Considering Matt Patricia’s familiarity with Flowers, there’s no reason to expect a drop in performance under a near-identical defense.

We’re still waiting on exact contract terms, but according to ESPN’s Field Yates, the deal is expected to be worth at least $16 million per year. This would put Flowers within the top-10 highest contracts per year at the position. Schefter is reporting the deal is for five years.

UPDATE: The deal is actually worth $90 million for five years. You can read more on the terms here.