Update: Trade details
Update: The deal got even better for Washington
To make his trade to Washington from Miami official, OL Ereck Flowers restructured his contract whereby the Dolphins will pay $6 million in a signing bonus and Washington will pay a $3 million base salary, giving Flowers $9M fully guaranteed this year, per @DrewJRosenhaus.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2021
This came out of left field, but will make a lot of people in the fan base happy. Ereck Flowers was a reclamation project that worked out for Washington two years ago.
He was a first round pick by the New York Giants that struggled at tackle. Washington signed him, and former OL/Head Coach Bill Callahan converted him to guard. He had a pretty good season on a pretty bad team and parlayed that into a nice payday from the Dolphins. He signed a 3-year, $30 million deal with a $9 million signing bonus. Flowers started 14 games last season.
Washington gets Flowers with 2 years left on his contract. He will be owed $9 million this year, and $10 million next year with no guaranteed money for next season.
This moves gives them another guard who can start for them this year, and next season when Brandon Scherff likely hits free agency. Or a replacement if Scherff were to get traded. It also gives them more flexibility in the draft. Players like OT Alijah Vera-Tucker have been linked to Washington, but he is projected to play guard in the NFL by a lot of people. Washington now has a lot of players to compete at guard, but is still likely looking for depth or an upgrade at LT.
Welcome back, Ereck!— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) April 28, 2021
UNDEFINED LIVE: With OL Ereck Flowers, Unofficially traded to the Washington Football Team https://t.co/9wcw6J4xT2— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 27, 2021
Just got off the phone w/ OL Ereck Flowers who was just traded to Washington, returning to his previous team: "I'm very excited & anxious to get back up there because I love the O-line room & I already had a good relationship with coach John Matsko as well. This is best for me."— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 27, 2021
Two things on the @MiamiDolphins/@WashingtonNFL trade.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 27, 2021
1) The Dolphins have been shopping Ereck Flowers for a couple months. So I wouldn't necessarily tie the trade to their plans at 6.
2) Washington sees Flowers as a guard. So the tackle need's still there going into Thursday.