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The Falcons announced a signing on Monday, agreeing to a deal with former Bengals defensive back Tre Flowers.

The Falcons hosted Flowers on a free agent visit in March and now added more competition to the cornerback room in May.

The 27-year-old was waived by the Seahawks after spending the first three seasons of his career in Seattle and then was subsequently picked up by the Bengals, where he remained for the next two seasons.

The fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State entered the league in 2018 as a safety but transitioned to cornerback, starting 15 games at the position for the Seahawks.

With Cincinnati, Flowers played in 26 games across a season and a half, playing in only 17% of the team’s defensive snaps last season. He did, however, have a prominent role in the third phase of the game, logging 63% of the special teams snaps for the Bengals last year. Flowers totaled 27 tackles, three passes defended, and one interception in 2022.

On defense, Flowers assumed more of a safety-like role with Cincinnati, matching up against the offense’s tight ends, which is a role Richie Grant assumed for the Falcons in 2022. Given Grant’s size, it’s not an ideal matchup for Atlanta, but I still don’t see Flowers out-snapping many of the Falcons’ current defensive backs.

Expect Flowers to push for a roster spot as a gunner and reserve defensive back; don’t expect him to push for a starting role. If the Falcons went into the season with Tre Flowers occupying a starting role on defense, something would’ve gone horribly wrong.

Photographer: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire
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