Re-signing Tre Flowers gives Bengals solid depth piece in secondary

Cincinnati Bengals' Tre Flowers (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals' Tre Flowers (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed Tre Flowers, giving them a key depth piece back for the 2022 season. Flowers was re-signed on a one-year deal worth $1.85 million.

Flowers was a former fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2018 NFL Draft and played for them for three full seasons. He spent the first five games of this past season in Seattle before they waived him and the Bengals wisely claimed Flowers off waivers.

While Flowers wasn’t a star, he appeared in 11 regular-season games and had 23 tackles, one defended pass, and one fumble recovery.

Bengals were wise to re-sign Tre Flowers

In the playoffs, Flowers jumped Trae Waynes on the depth chart and saw playing time throughout. He was actually pretty good matched up against tight ends and while he won’t be someone who starts, it’s always smart to have depth in the secondary with how pass-happy today’s league is.

Cincinnati would still be smart to draft a cornerback early on in the 2022 NFL Draft and they should have an opportunity to do so. Kaiir Elam should still be on the board when pick 31 rolls around or the team could trade out of round one and try to find a corner in the second round.

As of now, the team has Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, and Eli Apple as their main cornerback options for the 2022 season. As mentioned, they’ll need to add more of a starting-caliber option between now and the beginning of the season. Stephon Gilmore is still available in free agency so that could be someone the team targets as well.

Either way, the team needs to improve at cornerback but Flowers at least gives them a solid depth piece at the position. I’ll be excited to see if Flowers builds upon what he did during his inaugural season in Cincinnati and maybe he’ll parlay that into a bigger contract for the 2023 season and beyond.

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