The Dolphins are finalizing a deal with Washington that would send offensive lineman Ereck Flowers to the Football Team and clear out some much-needed cap space. In exchange, Miami will swap late-round picks with Washington.
On Tuesday morning, Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network broke that trade news via Twitter.
The #Dolphins and Washington Football Team are in agreement on a trade to send guard Ereck Flowers to WFT in a deal involving a swap of late-round picks, sources say. The deal is being finalized. Frees up some money for Miami, while giving Washington an OL to compete to start.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2021
Flowers was only one year into a three-year, $30 million deal he signed with the Dolphins in 2020. He wasn’t bad in Miami — at least not like he was with the New York Giants — but he also wasn’t the homerun signing they were hoping for.
And some in Washington are already plenty familiar with Flowers.
After struggling with the Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars for four seasons, the former first-round tackle out of Miami signed with the Redskins back in 2019. He kicked inside to guard and produced his best season as a pro, which ultimately landed him the big payday in Miami.
As Rapoport points out in the tweet, Washington is still searching for upgrades along its offensive front. It’s an underrated unit, but Flowers could slide back into his starting spot at left guard opposite Brandon Scherff.
Not only does this move clear cap space for the Dolphins, but it also opens up the opportunity for other guys. We’ve gotten some nuggets out of the rumor mill that Miami was targeting an offensive lineman at some point on Day 1 or 2. This move supports that idea, but will it come at tackle or guard?
Solomon Kindley is a projected starter after seeing plenty of action as a fourth-round rookie in 2020.
There’s also the team’s second-round pick from last year, Robert Hunt, who could play either tackle or guard. If Miami likes a tackle, they can move Hunt inside permanently. If they would prefer taking a guard, Hunt can continue working at right tackle.
This move was about saving money and creating some flexibility for the draft.
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