New England Patriots

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Trey Flowers of the New England Patriots speaks a press conference after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 03: Trey Flowers of the New England Patriots speaks a press conference after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

If you’re hoping for the New England Patriots to re-sign impending free agent defensive end Trey Flowers, Mike Reiss’ new column for ESPN should make you feel good about those odds.

Literally, Reiss placed odds on Flowers and several other key free agents on the Patriots. He puts the chances of Flowers returning at 70 percent.

For a player who’s established himself as a high-end talent off the edge, Flowers should command a high price on the open market – and he would. But would Flowers end up with the same money as the likes of Khalil Mack or Von Miller?

Considering that Flowers is more of a Swiss Army Knife-type of end who can play at a high level in all types of situations, rather than a straight-up dominant one-on-one pass-rushing force, there’s a chance that he could end up just below the top of the market. This could give the Pats an opening to match the highest bidder when free agency opens in March.

Reiss is as plugged-in to the Patriots organization as any local reporter, so it’s certainly cause for optimism that he places the odds of Flowers returning so high. For a very good player at a premium position, you’d think he would be closer to 50/50. By comparison, fellow key free agent Trent Brown is only at 25 percent. Only kicker Stephen Gostkowski (90 percent) has higher odds of coming back.

It remains to be seen how valuable the league deems Flowers. And more importantly, how much the Patriots value him.

Matt Dolloff is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.