Chiefs Release Brandon Flowers — Should the Broncos Have Interest?
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
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.