November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Release Brandon Flowers -- Should the Broncos Have Interest?


The Kansas City Chiefs have released 28-year old cornerback and 2013 Pro Bowler Brandon Flowers, per an official team release.

Did Kansas City bring in some of Oakland’s old personnel to make calls?

Apparently, Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton couldn’t find a fit in their defensive scheme for Flowers, and after trying and failing to use him as a slot corner, they decided to make him a post-June 1st cut and make him one of the hottest free agent names to hit the market at this point in the offseason that I can remember.

Flowers is not a Darrelle Revis by any means, but he is a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback and former first round pick out of Virginia Tech that could absolutely help some team’s secondary.

The Broncos have made significant investments in the secondary already this offseason, so on the surface it seems unlikely they’d come calling for Flowers’ services, but they aren’t overly deep at cornerback, particularly in terms of veteran players.

Right now, the Broncos’ top cornerbacks are Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, Bradley Roby, Kayvon Webster, and Tony Carter. It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Broncos try to upgrade that fifth cornerback spot and they could do so by signing Flowers, depending on his price.

If Flowers is looking to be the #1 cornerback somewhere, he’ll have to sign elsewhere. If He wants to be the #2 or #3 in Denver, that’s a possibility on a one-year deal.

John Elway has been aggressive and made a move last year for Quintin Jammer, who was with the team the entire year. This would be a much better signing and the Broncos still have some cap space to get him on a cheaper deal depending upon what he’s going to be trying to get at this point.

It would be intriguing to see if Denver shows interest, but there are going to be plenty of suitors and the Broncos don’t have an overly pressing need here.

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  • Pridenpoise

    Did Kansas City bring in some of Oaklands old personnel to make calls, funny. By the way how’s everyone in Donkey town feeling after that ass raping in the Super Bowl, maybe it was some of Oaklands Personnel calling the game, or maybe it was just typical Donkeys choking in the Super Bowl and getting blown out, we all know they know love to do that.

    • Chad Jensen

      Slow your roll home boy. You haven’t been to the Superbowl in 40 years. Consider that fact before you try to clown next time .

    • Chad Jensen

      The last Super Bowl appearance the Raiders had, they got beat, and I mean beat, by the guy the traded and essentially fired. Ouch.

    • SayreBedinger

      Are you a Raiders or Chiefs fan? Either way, my condolences on 3rd or 4th place this year.

      • Chad Jensen

        He’s a Raiders fan, poor guy.

        • armando cuesta

          A Raiders fan? Then we should offer condolences for last year….and last rites for the one to come!

          • Chad Jensen

            It can’t be easy, Fo sho.

  • Chad Jensen

    I love the idea but we only have 4 million dollars in cap space right now. Flowers is going to require a lot more money than that I bet. Maybe if we rip the bandaid off and cut Joel Dreessen it could be feasible

    • armando cuesta

      Speaking of which….what exactly are we going to do w/ Dreesen? We clearly are NOT taking 5 TE’s on to the 53 man roster. And after Thomas, Green, Tammee, and Robinson, where exactly does Dreesen fit in. He’s a good player alright, but the numbers just don’t add up. There are inevitably going to be other high profile FA’s coming free (even if we don’t pursue Flowers), we may as well start to get CAP ready so as to quickly pounce on an FA that suits our needs (or fancy…a la Andre Johnson…just sayin! LOL!).

      • Chad Jensen

        Flowers and the Chiefs split because of money. I’m sure he’s looking for more than what Elway would be willing to pay, but you never know. Elway has surprised me more times than I can remember.

        • armando cuesta

          Both you and Sayre make excellent points, and frankly you both state the only real lynch pin upon which this all balances….FINANCES! The reason he was released was because of his overly robust contract, and there is no reason to believe that with a new contract on the horizon he’ll be agreeable to take anything less. And, alas, that will be what ultimately takes him elsewhere.

    • SayreBedinger

      Yeah you could create room but if he’s going to cost like 8 million I wouldn’t do it at all.

  • armando cuesta

    EXCELLENT QUESTION! As I see it, in this predominantly passing league wherein teams are more frequently playing in spread O’s with 3 WR sets w/ ‘move’ TE’s, etc, the ability to go 3 and 4 competent DB’s deep is ALWAYS a good thing. Especially in light of the fact that with our aerial attack is as prolific as it is, we will most likely be playing with a lead a majority of the time and necessitate the use of an extra DB. Morover, Flowers can also play in the slot if necessary, lending a versatility in his skill set that Del Rio can surely utilize.
    Presently our CAP is 4.3 mil (after the Roby signing), if there can be negotiated a CAP friendly 1 or 2 year deal for a reasonable price, then by ALL MEANS we should pursue Flowers. It would also provide the kind of depth we need should injuries in the secondary rear their ugly heads.

  • John H Sneed

    Flowers! That totally describes his coverage style. He won’t tackle and he lacks catch-up speed. He’s perfect for the Cowboys!

    • SayreBedinger

      lol

  • armando cuesta

    EXCELLENT QUESTION! As I see it, in this predominantly passing league wherein teams are more frequently playing in spread O’s with 3 WR sets w/ ‘move’ TE’s, etc, the ability to go 3 and 4 competent DB’s deep is ALWAYS a good thing. Especially in light of the fact that with our aerial attack as prolific as it is, we will most likely be playing with a lead a majority of the time and necessitate the use of an extra DB. Moreover, Flowers can also play in the slot if necessary, lending a versatility in his skill set that Del Rio can surely utilize.
    Presently our CAP is 4.3 mil (after the Roby signing), if there can be negotiated a CAP friendly 1 or 2 year deal for a reasonable price, then by ALL MEANS we should pursue Flowers. It would also provide the kind of depth we need should injuries in the secondary rear their ugly heads.

    • anon76returns

      We have 4 competent CBs (Talib, Harris, KWeb, Roby). We have 4-5 competent S players (Ward, Moore, Q Carter, Boyett, Ihenacho), giving us 9 playable DBs. We have a versatile slot guy who’s better than Flowers (Harris). We have need for that cap space (will be very handy rolled into next year).
      The only defensible reason I can see for pursuing Flowers would be to stick it to the Chiefs.

      • armando cuesta

        Yes, we DO have 4 competent CB’s. Three of whom ostensibly will be on the field
        playing simultaneously. One of which,Talib, has historically been prone to the injury bug, while the other is comingoff a torn ACL and will naturally take a little time before he returns to
        normal speed. And I won’t even mention that the third is a rookie, and talented
        and promising as he is…he’s still a rookie. If the injury bug should strike,
        then we bring in Webster…great! But there goes all our competent CB depth. Surely
        we’re not going to put a safety at CB.We tried that w/ Quentin Jammer and Mike Adams last year, and we all know howthat went.
        Flowers would provide not justquality depth and versatility, but experience as well. Sooo, I would suggestthere’s much better reasoning to pursue Flowers…than just to piss off the Chiefs.

        • armando cuesta

          …and at 28yrs of age, Flowers, is certainly young enough to fit into both the “WIN NOW’ and “WIN FROM NOW ON’ mode that Elway so often references.

        • scott steven

          Last year Harris blew out his knee. Signing Flowers if he wants to get to the superbowl would sign a sweet one year deal for less but it would also give broncos more depth as well so all would make out plus takin an probowler away from a division rival is always SWEET

          • armando cuesta

            And what’s more, Scott, is that w/ Flowers playing on the outside opposite Talib, we can bring Harris Jr. back into the slot where he is most comfortable and can play to his strongest suit. We can then bring Roby in w/ nickel packages and ease him into the flow of the NFL speed. And since we’ll be in nickel a lot anyways, he will certainly get his experience as the season progresses. And for depth we would still have Webster….a very capable and talented CB.
            It just makes too much sense…for the right $ of course!

    • SayreBedinger

      Great point. I’ll just hammer down your point with something I saw Jack Del Rio say the other day:

      “I’d say the fourth corner becomes a little more important because you can never have enough,” Del Rio said. “If somebody gets nicked, is tired, whatever, something happens, if you have another guy who can go in that’s a good position to be in. You don’t want to be forced not to get to that three. Three is a necessity nowadays, having a fourth who is capable is very important as well.”

  • Nathan Bates

    i really dont see anyway he comes here for cheap. the only reason DRC signed here was to prove hes a top CB and th broncos needed help af CB. Flowers has already proven hes a good CB so theres no reason to sign a one year “proving” contract like DRC did. if i was flowers im looking to get paid not win superbowls.

    • Chad Jensen

      Excellent point. I agree.