Defensive end Trey Flowers has agreed to a five-year deal worth $16-17 million with the Detroit Lions, reuniting with head coach Matt Patricia, New England's former defensive coordinator.
Deals can not become official until the start of the new league year, at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Quinn made it clear heading into the offseason that Detroit needed more playmakers on defense.
Flowers, the Patriots' best pass rusher the past several seasons, was expected to be among the most sought-after edge defenders to hit free agency. He reeled in a big one Monday.
The fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2015 has had 21 sacks over the past three seasons, including 7.5 a year ago.
Past year he recorded 7.5 sacks, plus three forced fumbles, both career highs.
After four seasons with the New England Patriots, Trey Flowers is on to the next chapter of his National Football League career. Detroit re-signed Okwara to a two-year deal right before free agency, which at the least adds a rotational player who can do a little of everything.