Detroit sprinted out of the gate on the first day of free agent negotiations and the Lions agreed to deals with defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Justin Coleman and wide receiver Danny Amendola, per reports.
All three players have ties to Lions head coach Matt Patricia from his time in New England.
Flowers’ five-year deal is worth an average of between $16 million and $17 million per season, Adam Schefter reported Monday.
With the Patriots, Flowers played defensive end, outside linebacker, defensive tackle and inside linebacker in various scheme-transition fronts. The Lions ranked Flowers as their top priority in free agency, the Detroit Free-Press reported.
After using the franchise tag to retain Ziggy Ansah last spring, shoulder injuries kept him out of the lineup most of the season and was largely ineffective. Ansah is not expected to return as an unrestricted free agent.
Nickel cornerback Coleman’s contract is four years, averaging $9 million per season, to reset the market for third corners.
Amendola’s one-year deal is worth $5.75 million.
–Field Level Media