Fins trade OG Flowers back to WFT, sources say

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MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms to trade starting left guard Ereck Flowers to the Washington Football Team in a deal that will send that includes a swap of late-round picks, sources confirm to ESPN.

It’s a return to Washington for Flowers, who revived his career there in 2019 when he moved from offensive tackle to guard. He then signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Miami last offseason.

The Dolphins will save $8 million in cap space and $9 million in guaranteed salary by shipping Flowers to Washington. He had an up-and-down first season.

The Dolphins are entertaining the idea of moving 2020 second-round pick Robert Hunt from starting right tackle to guard and signing a right tackle in free agency, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Solomon Kindley, the Dolphins’ 2020 fourth-round pick, received significant playing time as a rookie and returns as a capable starting guard option along with recent free agent signing D.J. Fluker.

Miami also has four top-50 picks in the 2021 NFL draft to continue addressing the offensive line.

The Dolphins are now set to move on from four of their top 2020 free agents signings — linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Shaq Lawson, Flowers and running back Jordan Howard in one season or less. It’s a sign of the dangers of free agency though good contract setups prevent significant dead cap on their books.

Flowers, 27, should fill Washington’s need for another starting caliber guard and he returns to an offensive line he had success with in 2019.

NFL Network first reported news of the trade.

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