Trey Flowers signing highlights Bill Belichick's bias with defensive players

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers (98) during Opening
Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers (98) during Opening / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots signed Trey Flowers on Tuesday morning, and they have now reunited with the defensive end that contributed to two Super Bowl wins.

The news is unsurprising, as Flowers and the Patriots have been linked in the past year. However, the move is interesting as the linebacker has dealt with injuries in recent seasons, including being limited to just four games last season, and the Patriots seem already stacked on defense.

With the offense still needing more pieces, the move to sign Flowers is somewhat puzzling. Ultimately, the signing highlights that Bill Belichick has a bias toward defensive players.

The Patriots have had multiple chances to add pieces to their offense this offseason, but they have failed to pay the money.

They could have signed DeAndre Hopkins, and they have been linked to Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott. Even though the Patriots need those free agents, Belichick has been hesitant to offer them a contract.

Instead, the New England head coach would rather bring in another defensive player to an already stacked room.

The Patriots donโ€™t need Flowers because he is simply a depth piece.

The move to sign Flowers shows that Belichick is biased because he always seems to add players for his defense even when they donโ€™t need it. There is no reason why he should not have signed Hopkins, and he should be motivated to sign Elliott or Fournette.

At the end of the day, it seems that Belichick cares more about his defense.

With the way the current NFL is trending, Belichick is still a step behind because he continues to value defense. His bias toward the defense is hurting the Patriots because they need more playmakers on offense.

Ultimately, it will be interesting to see if the Patriots add an offensive weapon before the start of the regular season.