SNIDER: Redskins can afford to pass on Flowers

Rick Snider
March 16, 2020 - 3:02 pm
Redskins can afford to pass on Ereck Flowers

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The Redskins may have plenty of salary cap space, but they're not spending it foolishly.

Guard Ereck Flowers reportedly agreed to a $30 million deal over three years with $19.95 million guaranteed with Miami when NFL free agency begins Wednesday. Washington reportedly offered $8 million annually, according to NBC Sports, which was more than fair.

Flowers was a failed left tackle who the Redskins converted into a decent left guard last season. Flowers' poor horizontal length was a killer at tackle, but fit well inside. Not a Pro Bowler and certainly not perfect in pass protection, Flowers pulled effectively to hit linebackers that allowed longer runs.

Somehow, Miami went crazy and signed Flowers to insane money. Washington could only watch because there's no sense overspending for two guards. Given the Redskins are already overpaying for right guard Brandon Scherff with a $16 million franchise tag, given he was the team's 2015 first-rounder, and its left tackle is still uncertain, there was no way Washington was overspending for Flowers.

Wes Martin earned a promotion after starting five games last season for the injured Scherff. The fourth-rounder was a strong run blocker and should easily replace Flowers. For once, the Redskins developed a replacement in its draft.

Washington must now look for Plan B after Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper reportedly agreed to a $44 million deal with Cleveland. The Redskins desperately need a tight end after releasing oft-injured Jordan Reed and veteran Vernon Davis retiring. Veteran Jeremy Sprinkle is more of a blocker, so an offense that lacks targets is once more seeking a tight end.

Seattle's Jacob Hollister is now the top tight end available after 41 receptions last season while earning $650,000. Given a thin draft and no second-rounder, the Redskins should make a play for Hollister.

Meanwhile, look for Washington to seek a receiver, inside linebacker, safety and cornerback in free agency with carryover needs considered in the draft.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks