Lions free agency preview: The search is on for defensive playmakers

Lions free agency preview: The search is on for defensive playmakers

Lions free agency preview: The search is on for defensive playmakers

Flowers, 25, recorded 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in the regular season a year ago, before recording two sacks in the playoff run to a Super Bowl.

The Lions kicked off the day by coming to terms with Danny Amendola, followed by a reported four-year agreement with cornerback Justin Coleman.

Coleman, 25, was undrafted out of Tennessee in 2015 and has played for the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, in addition to two stints with the Seahawks.

Schefter added that it's a five-year deal for Flowers with the Lions. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport believes it will eclipse $16 million in average annual value. He had 2.5 sacks in the Super Bowl LI comeback win over the Falcons and a pair of sacks to go along with six QB hits in this winter's three-game run to another Lombardi Trophy.

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The signing also reunites Amendola with Lions general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia from their time with the New England Patriots.

With the expected signing of two-time Super Bowl victor Trey Flowers, the Detroit Lions will field a very talented defense in 2019 that includes the likes of defensive tackle Damon Harrison, the team's 2018 sack leader in defensive end Romeo Okwara, and last year's rookie steal in defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand. The Patriots' best offer hasn't been disclosed, but a source close to Flowers said the Lions' deal was significantly superior.

The remaining defensive ends under contract in New England are Michael Bennett, Adrian Clayborn, Deatrich Wise Jr., Derek Rivers, Keionta Davis, Ufomba Kamalu and Trent Harris.

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