Report: Former Pats DE returns to Foxboro for free-agent visit


The New England Patriots reportedly had an old friend in the building for a free-agent visit.

Defensive end Trey Flowers was one of several players in Foxboro on Thursday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. The team also hosted safety Taylor Rapp, linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, wide receiver Bisi Johnson, and linebacker Chris Board.

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Flowers, 29, played in New England from 2015-18. He helped the Patriots to victories in Super Bowl LI vs. the Atlanta Falcons and Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams.

In three seasons with the Pats, Flowers tallied 21 sacks, 59 quarterback hits, and 163 total tackles. He was rewarded with a five-year, $ 90 million contract from the Detroit Lions after the 2018 campaign. Flowers enjoyed a strong debut season in Detroit but has struggled with injuries ever since.

Flowers notched four tackles and one QB hit in four games last year for the Miami Dolphins. He finished the season on injured reserve.