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How much money is Patriots' system costing Trey Flowers?

Rob Bradford
November 26, 2018 - 12:31 pm

Trey Flowers notched a sack in the Patriots' win over the Jets Sunday, giving him 3 1/2 for the season. 

It was a reminder that Flowers is the Patriots' best threat when it comes to rushing the passer, but how the team's conservative defensive system isn't exactly conducive to putting up the type of numbers a free agent-to-be might be looking for.

It's a topic that came up in Flowers' weekly interview on Dale & Keefe Monday morning.

"It is what it is," Flowers said. "You understand the system. I’m a team player so I can’t get hyped up over individual stats. I just do whatever it takes for my team to win. It’s tough. But that’s the call that they call and that’s the system that I’m in so I just have to make it happen."

When told former Patriots' pass-rusher Rob Ninkovich surmised that every sack is worth $1 million, Flowers chuckled and said, "That wouldn't be bad."

The 25-year-old makes just over $1.9 million this season, having seen his sack total gone down in each of his previous years with the Patriots. In 2016 he totaled seven sacks, before notching six the next season and then just two in nine games last season.

The Patriots typically don't allocate a lot of money toward their defensive line, currently possessing the 23rd highest-paid group in the NFL.

Flowers will be competing for dollars with some free agents having much more productive seasons when it comes to sacking the quarterback. Some of the premier pass-rushing free agents figure to be Frank Clark (10 sacks), Dee Ford (9 sacks), DeMarcus Lawrence (8.5 sacks), Jadeveon Clowney (6.5 sacks) and Lorenzo Alexander (5.5 sacks).

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