Senior NFL analyst: Flowers signing among the best offseason NFL moves

The Detroit Lions knew they were acquiring some major help when they signed Trey Flowers to a five year, $90 million contract this past March.

And according to one senior NFL analyst, it was one of the top offseason moves in the NFL as a whole. Talk about high praise!

Gil Brandt, a former NFL executive who currently is a senior analyst for, ranked the Flowers signing as the third best offseason free-agent signing among his top 10 list of said.

“As the highest-paid free agent of the offseason (in terms of total value of the contract),” Brandt wrote, “Flowers is expected to be the Lions’ most impactful pass rusher since Robert Porcher, who collected a franchise-high 95.5 sacks between 1992 and 2003. Although he has yet to top 7.5 sacks in any individual campaign, Flowers led the Patriots in the category in each of the past three seasons, and he’s stout against the run.”

Flowers was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, where he would spend the first four seasons of his career. Of course, he’s well known to head coach Matt Patricia, who was New England’s defensive coordinator.

“(Patricia) will best know how to utilize Flowers’ skill set,” Brandt wrote.

The Flowers signing will also help offset the loss of Ziggy Ansah, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

Written by Michael Whitaker

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