4 free agents who could spark Commanders after two straight losses
By Jerry Trotta
2. Ereck Flowers, OG
You know things are bad when a former player is trending on Twitter during games. That was exactly the case with Flowers on Sunday while Washington’s offensive line struggled to protect Carson Wentz to the tune of allowing nine sacks.
The entire line deserves criticism, but new guards Andrew Norwell and Trai Turner really underlined the group’s pitiful performance.
Flowers’ presence was sorely missed after he was cut this offseason to save $10 million against the cap and pave the way for the cheaper Norwell. For context, Norwell was signed to a two-year, $10 million deal, so Washington is essentially paying the veteran guard over two years what it owed Flowers in 2022 alone.
Much like spending like a drunken sailor isn’t always conducive to winning, saving money doesn’t always translate to success. It’s not like Rivera and this regime to admit to mistakes, but who in that front office could argue against brining back Flowers after that performance from the interior offensive line?
In 2021, Flowers earned a 78.1 pass-blocking grade from PFF, allowing 26 pressures, three quarterback hits and two penalties. In 2020, Flowers logged a 73.8 pass-blocking grade, allowing 20 pressures, five hits and three penalties.
Still a free agent three weeks into the season, Washington should get Flowers on the phone about a possible reunion yesterday.