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Patriots acquire LB Marquis Flowers in a Trade with Cincinnati; Release LB Christian Kuntz

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have acquired LB Marquis Flowers (pronounced mar - KEECE) in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. 

To make room on the roster, the Patriots released LB Christian Kuntz, who was signed yesterday. 

Flowers, 25, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Bengals. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a sixth round draft pick (212th overall) of the Bengals out of Arizona in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in 32 NFL games over the last three seasons, seeing most of his action on special teams. Flowers missed the 2015 season due to a shoulder injury, but he returned to play in all 16 games last season for Cincinnati. 

Kuntz, 23, was a part of three Northeast Conference championship teams (2013, 2015 and 2016) at Duquense. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder, helped the school to a 23-11 overall record and a 14-3 record in his conference during his three years as a starter. He was named a second team Associated Press All-America in 2015 and 2016.

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