Lions Make Big Splash -- Trey Flowers Coming To Detroit

Report: Amendola plans to sign with Lions

It reunites Flowers with Matt Patricia, formerly the defensive coordinator in New England and now the Lions' head coach.

Flowers reportedly also drew interest from the Dolphins, another franchise headed by a former Patriots assistant. What a nice breath of fresh air that is from how previous regimes have operated.

The veteran agreed to a $36 million, four-year contract with the Lions and plans to sign Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Prior to that, he played five seasons with the Patriots and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams. The top-ranked free agent in the National Football League is willingly and voluntarily going to the Lions. Belichick will swap late-round picks to land defensive end Michael Bennett, who had more sacks than Flowers in 2018 and is guaranteed $0 over the next two seasons while averaging $7.6 million in salary and roster bonuses.

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Given the Lions long list of Patriots ties, bringing in Amendola was a no-brainer for GM Bob Quinn. This allowed the Detroit Lions to offer James a big four-year contract which it seems he is happy to accept. Coleman, 25, went undrafted out of Tennessee in 2015 and bounced around a few practice squads before sticking with - you guessed it - the Patriots.

James played out his entire rookie deal with the Steelers. He also added a touchdown pass. His total catches were down but his 14.1 yards per reception were a career high. In 34 games, he has 78 grabs for 1,005 yards and 11 scores, numbers that make him Detroit's immediate No. 1 tight end.

Deals can not become official until the start of the new league year, at 8pm GMT on Wednesday.

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