When Trey Flowers had initially agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions, the reported terms were said to be in the $16-17 million range. It turns out that was a slight underestimate. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Flowers deal is actually for $90 million over five years, or an average of $18 million per year:
The #Lions are giving Trey Flowers a five-year, $90 million contract that includes $56M in guarantees, source said. $40M fully guaranteed at signing. #Patriots weren't going there. Big deal for Detroit's new big edge presence.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2019
Again, the key here is guaranteed money, and Flowers will be getting a ton of it: $56 million total guaranteed, $40 million of which is guaranteed the day of signing the deal.
To put that in perspective, here are some of the other latest deals given to edge defenders:
Khalil Mack: 6-year, $141 million ($23.5M/year average), $90M in total guarantees, $60M guaranteed at signing
Olivier Vernon: 5-year, $85 million ($17M/year average), $52.5M in total guarantees, $40.5M guaranteed at signing
Chandler Jones: 5-year, $82.5 million ($16.5M/year average), $51M in total guarantees, $31M guaranteed at signing
So it looks like the Lions are paying top-tier price for Flowers. Will they get top-tier production out of the pass rusher? Only time will tell.
UPDATE: Albert Breer has more details:
New Lions DE Trey Flowers is set to sign a five-year, $90 million deal, and it is a whopper from a cashflow standpoint.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 12, 2019
• $28.875 million in 2018.
• $40 million over first 2 years.
• $54.374 million over first 3 years.
First two years are fully guaranteed.
UPDATE 2: Here’s basically a full breakdown of Flowers’ contract:
Trey Flowers' $90 million Lions deal: $56M gtd, $28.07M signing bonus, salaries $805K (gtd), $11.125M (gtd), $14.375M (gt inj at signing, $10M full gt if on roster third day of lg yr), fully gtd if on roster 3rd day '21 lg yr, $1.625M 3rd day '22 roster bonus, $2M 3rd day '23— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 12, 2019
So here’s what it breaks down to in more consumable terms over the next two years:
2019: $805,000 salary, $5,614,000 prorated signing bonus = $6.419M cap hit
2020: $11,125,000 salary, $5,614,00 prorated signing bonus = $16.739 cap hit
UPDATE 3: Here’s a full breakdown of the deal, assuming there are no more unreported bonuses in the contract: