Big day for Lions, signing Amendola and others
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

(ALLEN PARK) – It was a busy Monday for the Detroit Lions. Team official announced the signing of former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola to a one year deal worth $4.5 million. The Lions need a slot receiver after trading Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles at the trade deadline last year. Amendola has 391 catches when lined up in the slot since his first full season in the NFL in 2009, the second-most in the NFL in that time behind Wes Welker. The signing also reunites Amendola with Lions general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia from their time with the New England Patriots. Amendola, 33, continued to show his toughness and knack for finding open zones out of the slot with the Dolphins, leading the team in receiving last season with 575 yards on 59 catches. An 11 year veteran, Amendola has had a nice career after starting as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2008. He has caught 485 passes for 4,684 yards and 20 touchdowns while also playing for the Rams and Patriots, with whom he won two Super Bowl rings but left for a bigger payday after taking pay cuts in each of his final three seasons with the team. The Lions also made some big moves to bolster their defense on the first day of the NFL's negotiating period. Defensive end Trey Flowers has agreed to a five-year deal with Detroit that's expected to average between $16 million and $17 million per year. Nickel cornerback Justin Coleman is heading to Detroit on a four-year deal worth $36 million. A fourth-round selection by New England in 2015, Flowers, 25, led the Pats in sacks each of the past three seasons, with his 7.5 in 2018 setting a career high. Coleman, who will turn 26 on March 27, was a steal for the Seattle Seahawks after they acquired him from the Patriots for a seventh-round pick shortly before the 2017 season opener. The Lions also agreed to a deal with tight end Jesse James. The 25 year old James proved to be a versatile, reliable and durable option during his first four NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching 120 passes for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns. He also proved crucial in the running game and the team's coveted two-tight-end sets.