Detroit Lions release OLB Trey Flowers

The Detroit Lions parted ways with Trey Flowers, officially releasing the veteran point guard today in what appears to be mostly a salary cap move.

Flowers came to Detroit in 2019 as a big free agent acquisition under former general manager Bob Quinn. Flowers recorded seven sacks in his first season with Detroit in 2019, but he’s only had 3.5 combined sacks over the past two seasons as he battles knee, shoulder and ankle injuries. forearm that saw him play in just 14 games combined in 2020 and 2021.

Current Lions general manager Brad Holmes called Flowers the “ultimate leader” when asked about him after the season.

“We speak on behalf of our entire organization in thanking Trey for his contribution to the Detroit Lions over the past three years,” Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell said in a joint statement Wednesday. “He has been an exemplary leader for our team on and off the pitch and has helped us lay the foundations for the future. Trey is a man of integrity who embodies what it means to serve his community and stand up for something bigger than We wish him and his family much success as he enters the next stage of his career.”

When healthy, Flowers was a terrific rushing defender and leading rusher for the Lions, finishing with 10.5 sacks in 29 games played. He was also terrific in the locker room, becoming a team leader and mentor to some of Detroit’s young rushers. Flowers was the Lions nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, an annual honor that recognizes a player for outstanding community service activities off the pitch, in addition to excellence on the pitch.

Holmes is entering his second year as general manager and will begin the process of retooling a Detroit defense that finished 29th in total defense and 30th in sacks last season with the start of NFL free agency this week.

Charles P. Patton