What's next for Trey Flowers after not getting hit with franchise tag?

Ryan Hannable
March 05, 2019 - 5:26 pm
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Tuesday was the deadline for teams to place the franchise tag on players and it came and went without the Patriots doing anything.

This means a few players will officially become free agents, including defensive end Trey Flowers.

Flowers is in a position to get paid. A number of defensive ends have either signed new contracts or been hit with the franchise tag in recent days, meaning the 26-year-old is arguably the best defensive end on the market. 

What seems likely to happen now is the Patriots will allow Flowers to test the market and then have him come back to them with what he's been offered, just like what happened with Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty in recent years. Then, the Patriots will decide whether to match, or let him go for good.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Flowers will likely get around $17 million per year, which is what he would have been paid for one year if tagged. At that figure, he seems to be in line to get a deal around five years and $85 million.

At first glance, that appears to be out of the Patriots' price range, but we'll likely find out some time next week.

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