Flowers agreed to a five-year deal that can pay him up to $90 million, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The $18 million average annual value is not only more than what Flowers could have made on the franchise tag, but it also makes him the fifth-highest paid defender in the league -- while signaling Detroit's total confidence that Flowers won't have any long-term ramifications from the shoulder surgery he underwent this offseason.
Flowers (shoulder) intends to sign with the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Detroit lands one of the biggest prizes of the offseason in Flowers, who will be reunited with former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Lions head coach Matt Patricia. The 2015 fourth-round pick averaged 55 tackles and seven sacks over the past three seasons for New England, adding 5.5 sacks in nine playoff appearances. Flowers isn't quite dominant as a pure pass rusher, but he makes up for it with snap-to-snap consistency and excellent work against the run. Currently on the mend from February shoulder surgery, the 25-year-old should be healthy for the start of training camp. The Lions presumably will allow fellow defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) to sign elsewhere.
Flowers is thus eligible to become an unrestricted free agent and on the heels of a 57-tackle, 7.5-sack effort though 15 games in 2018, the 25-year-old figures to be one of the most sought-after pass rushers on the open market. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, franchising Flowers would have cost the Patriots $17.1 million, a number beyond the team's comfort level. There's still a chance that New England can re-sign the 2015 fourth-rounder, but the market for Flowers will be strong and there's a pretty solid chance another team will make him a contract offer he can't refuse.
Flowers underwent shoulder surgery this offseason and is currently rehabbing, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Flowers is set to be a free agent this offseason and it doesn't appear his surgery will turn teams away at all. He underwent what was primarily a clean-up surgery and the issue is not considered serious. While the injury isn't expected to impact him once training camp rolls around, it's unclear if he'll be a full participant in offseason workouts.
Flowers finished up the 2018 regular season with 57 tackles, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 15 games.
Flowers' numbers have put him on the radar in deeper IDP formats over the last three seasons and the 25-year-old is now eligible to become a free agent this offseason. We'd expect the Patriots to try to retain the 2015 fourth-rounder, but other teams may offer the defensive end more than New England is comfortable paying.
|2015||New England Patriots||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||45||23.0||22||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||New England Patriots||14||62||45.0||17||6.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2018||New England Patriots||15||57||32.0||25||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||New England Patriots||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||2||-3||2||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||14||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||15||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|