Trey Flowers is going to be a very rich man.
The former New England Patriots defensive end is going to make $18 million per season with $56 million in guarantees in his five-year free agent contract with the Detroit Lions, per NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.
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
The MMQB's Albert Breer tweeted more information about the contract.
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.
NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry put the details in perspective.
Only edge defenders who've seen more guaranteed at signing are Vernon ($40.5M), Miller ($42M) and Mack ($60M).— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) March 12, 2019
AAV of $18M exceeded by only Miller ($19M), Lawrence (one year, $20.6M) and Mack ($23.5M). https://t.co/b8okqiioTj
After seeing these financial numbers, it's not surprising Flowers isn't returning to the Patriots. Bill Belichick rarely spends big in free agency, and he's proven many times he can find suitable replacements when top free agents depart.
The loss of Flowers will be felt, however. He led the Patriots with 7.5 sacks and 20 QB hits last season. The Patriots are a bit thin on the defensive line at the moment, but they still have options on the free-agent market, in addition to a league-high 12 picks in next month's 2019 NFL Draft.
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