INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the biggest names on the free agent market is one of the Patriots' own -- defensive end Trey Flowers.
It's unclear at this point whether or not he will return to New England, as it likely depends on what his market is when free agency opens on March 13. But, as it stands now, it looks like perhaps Flowers will not be returning and potentially could land in a familiar place.
According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the Dolphins are the current front runner to land Flowers. Former Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores is of course their new head coach.
In 15 games this past season Flowers recorded 7.5 sacks, but could have had more if not for playing in the Patriots' scheme. He's totaled 21 sacks the last three seasons and is considered one of the best defensive ends on the free agent market.
It would appear the Patriots likely will allow him to test the market, come back to them with what he's worth, and then decide what to do from there. It is important to note a lot can change between now and when Flowers officially signs (wherever that may be), so this doesn't mean he's a lock to leave New England.