Flowers will return to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2.55 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Flowers didn't see many defensive snaps early in the year for New England, but was a key player down the stretch of the season. Over the last two games of the year, the former Cincinnati Bengal accumulated 14 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks, then added four tackles and a sack in the Patriots' first playoff matchup against Tennessee. That window opened up due to a calf injury suffered by starter Kyle Van Noy, who should resume his regular role in 2018. Flowers appears likely to return to his role as a depth option, though he'll get plenty of work on special teams as well.
Flowers (illness) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Titans. Flowers missed Wednesday's practice with an illness but returned Thursday in a limited capacity. If he isn't able to play, the Patriots may need James Harrison to take on an increased workload.
Flowers tallied 10 tackles (five solo) and 2.5 sacks in Sunday's 37-16 defeat of the Bills. Flowers took full advantage of Kyle Van Noy's absence, racking up more tackles in the contest than he'd amassed in any single season prior to 2017. The sacks were also the first of his career. He'll be an appealing IDP option in Week 17 against the Jets if Van Noy is sidelined once more.
Flowers (knee) is officially active for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Flower was listed as questionable after being limited in practice throughout the week, but it seemed as though he was on track to play. The 25-year-old should see a heavy workload against the Dolphins on Monday with linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) inactive.
Flowers (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills. Flowers was limited in practice this past week but will expect to see a typical workload Sunday. Starting linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) is playing after dealing with injury during the week, and Flowers could see some extra snaps if Van Noy is at all limited.