Three additional takeaways from Washington's trade for Ereck Flowers

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3 additional takeaways from WFT's trade for Ereck Flowers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football Team reportedly landed a new (but also familiar) offensive lineman on Tuesday in Ereck Flowers. To do so, they sent a 2021 seventh-rounder to the Dolphins and received a later 2021 seventh-rounder in return.

Here are three takeaways from the reported Flowers deal.

The reported financial details make it look even better for Washington

If you liked the swap at first, well, prepare to loooooove it once you read this tweet from Adam Schefter:

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According to that update, Washington just acquired a guard that succeeded in their building in 2019 and will also have the pleasure of that guard's most recent employer paying two-thirds of his salary in 2021. How fantastic is that?

Now, since Flowers will only be receiving $3 million from Washington, that does lend a little more credence to the idea that he'll compete to start instead of stroll into a starting role. If the club was covering his entire tab, then it would be hard to imagine him having to battle with Wes Schweitzer at left guard. Since they aren't, however, Ron Rivera won't feel as much pressure to put him on the top of the depth chart.

One more thing about this deal: When Washington took a risk on the unheralded Flowers in 2019, they signed him for $4 million. So, they'll be giving him less in his second stint, which is sweet for the team.

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How he impacts the draft plans

Flowers' arrival won't do too much to alter how Washington approaches the upcoming draft, both in the first round and overall. But he does perhaps fully knock interior linemen off of the needs list.

Along with Flowers, the offense has Brandon Scherff, Schweitzer, Saahdiq Charles, Keith Ismael and Wes Martin as guard options. Scherff is clearly the best of that bunch and the rest are various levels of proven, yet as a whole, that's a solid amount of depth.

Therefore, whether it's Alijah Vera-Tucker at pick No. 19 or any other guard/hybrid guard prospects further down the board, Washington can probably pass on those kinds of contributors and look to reinforce just about any other area of their roster this weekend.

One important thing to note about Flowers' future

The 27-year-old thrived in Washington under renowned O-line coach Bill Callahan, who's since departed the organization. Can he perform as well under Callahan's replacement, John Matsko?

Washington will surely hope so, but Callahan's past players have spoken about how unique his teaching style and techniques are compared to other assistants. Matsko is revered in his own right, but like many other players it'll be on Flowers to adjust to what he wants compared to what Callahan wanted.

The positives are that Flowers will be familiar with the team, many of his teammates and the area, all things that should make his return a smooth one. What could determine how productive that return truly is, though, is how he handles the new voice that'll be overseeing his day-to-day work.