Lions place high-priced free agent Trey Flowers on PUP to open camp

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Well that’s not the start the Detroit Lions were looking for. The team announced Monday that high-priced free agent pass rusher Trey Flowers will open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Flowers inked a five-year, $90 million contract this past offseason to move from New England to Detroit. He’s expected to significantly upgrade the Lions’ pass rush and overall front-line defense.

Hopefully Flowers is simply dealing with a minor injury. Detroit desperately needs to get off on the right foot in 2019, and it needs Flowers to be a big part of that resurgence. Many felt the Lions overspent to bring him on board. If he fails to make a big impact, that opinion will be justified.

In three seasons (Flowers was out his rookie year with an injury), the veteran edge rusher has tallied 164 tackles and 21 sacks.