Amendola plans to sign with Lions

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The Detroit Lions signed two-time Super Bowl winning wide receiver Danny Amendola, taking advantage of their connection to the New England Patriots.

According to Spotrac, Flowers' market as a pending free agent could be somewhere near a $15.7 million per year deal.

Update: reporter Ian Rapoport checks in with an update on the details of the deal.

It's an important offseason for second-year coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, as they have plenty of draft picks - including the No. 8 overall selection - and cap space to make free agent signings. He's posted a total of 21.0 sacks over the past three seasons and is considered one of the most consistent defenders in the league. The offer from the Pats has yet to be disclosed.

Previous year he recorded 7.5 sacks, plus three forced fumbles, both career highs. Flowers had a sack in the contest which pushed the Rams out of field goal range in the contest which ended up being a surprise defensive battle.

Flowers then went on to start every one of the 35 games he played for New England over the franchise's ensuing Super Bowl runs in 2017 and 2018.

Our first real Lions nugget in free agency is a big one.

The remaining defensive ends under contract in New England are Michael Bennett, Adrian Clayborn, Deatrich Wise Jr., Derek Rivers, Keionta Davis, Ufomba Kamalu and Trent Harris.