The New England Patriots have acquired linebacker Marquis Flowers from the Cincinnati Bengals for a seventh-round draft pick next year.
The trade was made Tuesday. Flowers was a sixth-round pick out of Arizona in 2014. He had a promising rookie season, filling in after Vontaze Burfict got hurt. He also replaced starter Emmanuel Lamur for one game.
Flowers suffered a shoulder injury in the final preseason game in 2015 and missed the season. He was limited to special teams last year, playing in 16 games. He was listed as Burfict's backup on the depth chart, but Vincent Rey is expected to move into the spot while Burfict serves a five-game suspension to start the season for an egregious hit on a Chiefs player during the preseason.