6. TREY FLOWERS, DETROIT LIONS – $28.9 MILLION:
Flowers was an integral piece of the Pats’ Super Bowl run last season, and it came at the right time. He reunited with former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia in Detroit with a massive free-agent deal in tow. Flowers is on the books for an incredible five years at $90 million, $28.9 million of which will go out this year.
Patriots players who left Bill Belichick’s tutelage haven’t always panned out when other teams paid them. Detroit is counting on Flowers to recreate his AFC East success. We’ll see if that’s feasible in the NFC North, where he’ll face some slightly different QBs than he did against the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins.