Rumors have swirled that the Atlanta Falcons could pursue more veteran defenders in free agency. That suggestion proved to be true on Monday.
The Falcons announced on May 8 that they have signed defensive back Tre Flowers. The five-year veteran played the 2022 season for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Flowers in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft. He played about three and a half seasons for the Seahawks before they waived Flowers during October 2021. Flowers finished that season with the Bengals, playing in the Super Bowl.
Flowers returned to Cincinnati for the 2022 campaign. In 15 games, he posted 27 combined tackles, including 20 solos with 3 pass defenses, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old has also played on special teams throughout his career. He only played 171 defensive snaps last year, but lined up for 254 special teams snaps.
When he plays on defense, Flowers should be versatile as well. The Falcoholic’s Kevin Knight called Flowers a “truly corner/safety hybrid.” Knight also labeled Flowers as a “matchup specialist for tight ends.”
In 73 career games, Flowers has recorded 262 combined tackles, including 3 tackles for loss. He also has 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, 20 pass defenses and 4 interceptions.
Flowers has experience both as a starter and nickel back. He started 15 games in each of his first two NFL seasons.
Last year, Flowers played 72 snaps in the slot, which was the most of any defensive position for him in 2022.
With the addition of Flowers, the Falcons have signed two former Bengals defensive backs this offseason. They also added free safety Jessie Bates III on a four-year, $64.02 million deal.
Furthermore, the Falcons signed cornerback Mike Hughes this offseason. Finally, Flowers is the ninth defender at least 26 years old the team has added in free agency.