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Miami Dolphins sign Flowers and Lawson to three year deals

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By timrodriguez March 16, 2020 0 Comment
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Within the first hour of the legal tampering period, the Miami Dolphins reached an agreement with former Washington Redskins guard, Ereck Flowers and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman, Shaq Lawson

After the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins tagged their star offensive linemen, Joe Thuney and Brandon Scherff, the Miami Dolphins were left to dip into the next tier of offensive linemen. The Dolphins inked former Redskins guard, Ereck Flowers, to a three year, $30 Million contract. With $19.95 Million guaranteed, the deal is relatively team friendly. A few hours later the Dolphins brought in defensive lineman Shaq Lawson from the Buffalo Bills on a similar deal three year, $30 Million deal.

Dark days in New York and rebound in Washington for Flowers

Flowers entered the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami. After being drafted ninth overall by the New York Giants, Flowers struggled mightily for Big Blue. He struggled in pass protection and finished with twenty-one penalties in his first two seasons. After a bounce back year three, where Flowers had only six total penalties, Flowers was moved to right tackle in 2018 and waived mid-season. Ereck Flowers projected well as a guard coming out of Miami. New York decided that his draft position warranted him playing a premium position.

After being waived, Flowers played with the Washington Redskins in 2019 and was moved to the interior. Flowers was able to use his size and strength (334 LBS) to be an absolute mauler. Flowers only allowed two sacks all season, a career best. Now playing guard, Flowers committed just six penalties in 2019. For reference, former Dolphins offensive tackle, Laremy Tunsil, who was traded before the 2019 season, led the NFL in penalties with fifteen for the Houston Texans. Flowers was a bright spot in an otherwise disastrous season for the Washington Redskins.

A career rejuvenation for Lawson

After being a first round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Shaq Lawson had a disappointing first few years in the NFL. Lawson totaled ten sacks in his first three NFL seasons. During his tenure in Buffalo, Lawson struggled to put together consistent games. However, in 2019 Lawson had a career year for the Bills. The former Clemson product saw a career high in games played, sacks, solo tackles, tackles for loss, and quarterback hits. On a defensive line with Trent Murphy, Jerry Hughes, and Ed Oliver; Lawson was the standout. Lawson finished the season with 6.5 sacks while not being the starting edge rusher.

The contracts

Flowers signed a three year, $30 Million dollar deal with the Miami Dolphins. Roughly $19.95 Million of the contract is fully guaranteed. At $10 Million per year, Flowers checks in as the 40th highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. For a player who’s only twenty-five years old and just found the position he is comfortable at, the deal is team friendly and gives the Miami Dolphins room to get out of it.

Shaq Lawson signed a three year, $30 Million dollar deal that can earn him as much as $36 Million. At $10 Million per year, Lawson ranks as the 31st highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL. Another team friendly deal for Miami. Shaq Lawson is twenty-five years old, versatile player who is coming off of a career year. Lawson is a high potential player at a position of need, which happens to be a premium position.

What this means for Miami

With rookie Michael Dieter showing flashes throughout 2019, the Dolphins appear to have both guard spots set for 2020. The Flowers contract does not even make a dent into Miami’s league leading cap space. The Dolphins can now turn their attention to offensive tackle and center. The Miami Dolphins declined Daniel Kilgore’s option for 2020, making him a free agent and creating a void at center.

Lawson’s contract is team friendly for a player like him. From a football standpoint, Lawson fits like a glove in this Brian Flores led defense. He’s versatile, meaning he can play on the edge and on the interior on passing downs. Miami needed help on the pass rush and Lawson can be a chess piece along the defensive line. Lawson reunites with his college teammate Christian Wilkins on the defensive line and his college position coach, Marion Hobby, who is the defensive line coach in Miami. Brian Flores adds another chess piece on defense as this Miami team continues to rebuild.

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