Quinton Flowers left the Tampa Bay Vipers last week for what the team described as personal reasons. The quarterback, who is also listed on the roster as a running back, returned to the team this week and participated in practice Wednesday.
© Troy Wayrynen, USA TODAY Sports Quinton Flowers throws a pass against the Seattle Dragons during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle won 17-9.
But Flowers may not be with the Vipers for long. The former South Florida standout, who played his college ball in Tampa, told reporters following practice that his reasoning behind his brief departure was a trade request.
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Flowers added that he wants to help the team, butappears to desire a more developed role in the Vipers’ offensethat sputtered before Taylor Cornelius passed for 211 yards and a TD in the team’s first win of the season — a 25-0 blanking of the DC Defenders on Sunday.
That includes potentially lining up in the backfield not as the quarterback. Coach Mark Trestman told reporters Flowers will have a role in the offense, but that Cornelius will start again, with Aaron Murray serving as the backup. Trestman added that neither he nor player personnel director Josh Hinch were ever made aware of Flowers’ request.
Flowers, 5-foot-10, has completed 8-of-15 passes for 106 yards with an interception. He’s carried the ball 16 times for 78 yards and a score.
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