Busy start to free agency for Detroit Lions: Here's who they're signing

Virginia Santiago
March 13, 2019

The move reunites him with general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia, who both spent time with Amendola on the Patriots. He rose to prominence with the Patriots, however, winning two Super Bowl titles and coming up clutch in the playoffs, most notably in 2017 when he had 348 receiving yards and 2 TDs in three games.

Flowers was drafted in the fourth round - 101st overall - by the Patriots in the 2015 draft.

Yes, this is an expensive deal that the Lions are signing Flowers to.

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Flowers' market inflated over the last week as the other elite free agents at his position were stopped from hitting the open market by the franchise tag or a new deal with their original team.

The Lions need a slot receiver after trading Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles at the trade deadline previous year. The Dolphins saved $6 million in salary-cap space by releasing Amendola, who signed a two-year deal last March for $12 million.

Flowers also didn't play in last season's loss at Detroit because of a concussion, a factor that likely contributed to the Lions' upset victory at Ford Field. He also recorded a career-best 55 tackles. He had 40 receptions or more in seven NFL seasons, including 138 in his first two seasons in the league with the then-St.

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"I'm in the best condition of my life", he said. "I'm ready to play at a high level and do whatever I can to help this team win".

He missed one game with an injury a year ago, against, coincidentally, Detroit.

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