Detroit Lions release former Alabama prep star

On Thursday afternoon, Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers tweeted:Really grateful for the love and the lessonsThis could have served as personal confirmation of the reports coming out of Detroit.

The Lions plan to release Flowers with two seasons remaining on his contract when the 2022 NFL trade year begins at 3 p.m. CDT Wednesday, NFL Network, ESPN and the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

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The former Columbia High School star signed a five-year, $90 million deal with Detroit in 2019. He was owed a base salary of $16 million for each of the next two seasons and has a guaranteed roster bonus of $1.625 million due March 18.

The flowers would count $23.239 million against the Lions salary cap in 2022. Detroit will still carry $12.853 million in dead money on its books in 2022, but by releasing Flowers, it will reduce its salary cap obligations by $10.386 million for the upcoming season.

A fourth-round draft pick from Arkansas in 2015, Flowers played one game with the New England Patriots in his rookie season due to a shoulder injury. But over the next three seasons, Flowers led the Patriots in sacks every year, and New England played in the Super Bowl every year, winning the NFL championship twice.

After moving to free agency, Flowers tied the Lions lead with seven sacks in his first season in Detroit. But over the past two seasons he has missed 19 games due to knee and shoulder injuries and a broken forearm.

In 2020 and 2021, Flowers totaled 3.5 sacks, and a change of defense this season has him fielding more at outside linebacker than defensive end in his seven games on the court.

Flowers earned all-state recognition at Columbia in 2009 and 2010, but he went from Huntsville to Arkansas because it was his only offer from an SEC member. With the Razorbacks, Flowers had 47.5 tackles for loss, which ranked second on the school’s all-time list and earned second-team All-SEC recognition twice.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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