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Could Colts Kick the Tires on Reportedly Ex-Seahawks Starting CB Tre Flowers?

The Colts are depleted at cornerback and a defensive back with starting experience will reportedly soon be available.

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According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Seattle Seahawks are releasing former starter Tre Flowers—which means it’s now worth wondering whether the increasingly cornerback-needy Indianapolis Colts should be interested in his suddenly available services:

Originally a 2018 5th round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, the 6’3”, 203 pound cornerback (with 33 7’8” arms) has appeared in 47 career games (40 starts), recording 212 tackles (172 solo), 3 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 16 passes defensed, 3 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.

He appeared in 5 games (3 starts) for the Seahawks this season, as he compiled 16 tackles (15 solo) at cornerback in their secondary.

Per PFF (subscription), Flowers has been their 83rd best cornerback in 2021, earning a +52.9 overall grade. In coverage, he’s been targeted 7 times for 7 completions and 78 total receiving yards.

That being said, the depleted Colts’ cornerback room isn’t going to realistically get Jalen Ramsey right now off-the-streets, but the team could use an upgrade to their ‘backups’ backups’—where both 3rd and 4th-string cornerbacks Anthony Chesley and BoPete Keyes were just recently picked apart by Lamar Jackson on primetime.

Flowers should have experience playing in Seattle’s ‘Cover 3’ zone defense derivative, which is similar to the same scheme the Colts currently deploy defensively.

He also has those long-arms that the Colts typically covet at cornerback:

He has starting experience too, and while he hasn’t been great (he received a +54.4 overall grade even last year via PFF), he’s presumably an upgrade to the status quo lower on the Colts’ cornerback depth chart.

With starters Rock Ya-Sin, Xavier Rhodes, and T.J. Carrie all still banged up, the Colts could potentially use a capable reinforcement in their secondary going forward.

Could Flowers realistically be it?