Signing Ereck Flowers costs the Redskins a draft pick

Josh Luckenbaugh
March 19, 2019 - 8:20 am

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Ereck Flowers, the 24-year old offensive lineman who signed a reported one-year, $4 million with the Redskins Monday, comes to D.C. with a reputation, and not a good one. 

Flowers was drafted by the Giants with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but never lived up to his potential in New York. Regarded as a bust, he was released by the Giants last October and latched on with the Jaguars for the rest of the season. 

The Redskins were in need of depth on the offensive line after losing Ty Nsekhe to the Bills, and Flowers is a cheap, young option with something to prove. However, it's gonna cost the Redskins a draft pick. 

Washington was set to receive a sixth round pick in the 2020 draft after safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signed with the Bears, but the Flowers signing cancels out the compensatory pick. 

This news combined with Flowers' poor performance led one national expert, Evan Silva of Rotoworld, to call this "the dumbest signing of the offseason."

If Flowers plays well, this could prove to be a savvy low-risk, high-reward move for the Redskins. But if he plays how he did with the Giants to go along with the forfeited draft pick, Silva's assessment might not be too far off. 

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