Miami Dolphins sign defensive end Trey Flowers to one-year deal

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The Miami Dolphins signed defensive end Trey Flowers on Monday, the team announced. 

The terms were not disclosed but a close source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Flowers was given a one-year contract.

The New England Patriots should expect to see a familiar face on the defensive side of the ball when kicking off the season against the Dolphins on Sunday, September 11.

Recruits were hopeful that Flowers would make his way back to New England at some point, as coach Bill Belichick chose him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Coach Matt Patricia fought hard for him when the Detroit Lions signed him to an incredible deal back in 2019. 

Flowers was released by the Detroit Lions in March and had recently worked out for the Dolphins.

The Lions made the two-time Super Bowl-winning champion one of the highest-paid defensive players in football with a $90 million deal over five years with $56 million guaranteed. However, Flowers was unable to stay healthy over the past two seasons.

Flowers, who is 29 years old, was placed on the injured reserve list in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons and had a total of only 3.5 sacks over that two-year period. With the Lions, he had seven sacks in his first season when he played a total of 15 games.

Flowers had played in similar defensive schemes during his first two seasons with the Lions and his four seasons with the New England Patriots, so he is familiar with the defensive strategy used by defensive coordinator Josh Boyer. Boyer was a former defensive assistant for the Patriots.

In his first four seasons with the Patriots, Flowers recorded 21 sacks. He contributed nine postseason games for the Patriots with 5.5 sacks and two Super Bowl championship rings.

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