The Redskins and former top-10 pick Ereck Flowers agreed to a one-year contract on Monday, the team announced.
The 24-year-old has yet to fully put it together in the NFL, despite playing a ton for both the Giants and the Jaguars. In his four pro seasons, Flowers has 55 starts and has appeared in 59 total games.
So, you can look at this transaction from one of two angles: 1) The 'Skins just signed a guy who has shown, in plenty of chances, to still be quite raw, or 2) The 'Skins just signed a guy with lots of experience who'll be useful in spot duty if needed.
While it's tempting to look at Flowers' track record and leave with the first takeaway, it's probably better to end up closer to the second.
Of course, Washington isn't signing the Miami product to start at tackle, considering Trent Williams and Morgan Moses are entrenched there. With that being said, they needed a versatile backup to play behind those two since they tend to get dinged up and Ty Nsekhe is no longer in town.
The team hopes 2018 third-round pick Geron Christian can eventually become that long-term solution, but he hardly played as a rookie in 2018. Getting Flowers in the building gives Jay Gruden another option.
Now, one thing fans have been asking regarding any offensive lineman recently is whether (insert big person here) will play guard for the Redskins. Perhaps Bill Callahan wants to try that experiment with Flowers, but as of now, there's no indication that's in play.
Flowers' new contract can be worth up to $4 million, but you can assume the guarantees are on the very cheap side. In fact, it's no lock he's even on the 53-man roster come September.
With all that being said, though, he wouldn't have gone in the top 10 in 2015 if he didn't have some ability. Perhaps he'll figure things out in Washington, where he won't be relied on to start like he has in past stops. If you're going to take a flier, he's not the worst choice to take one on.
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