The Kansas City Chiefs are coming to a cross roads very soon with Pro-Bowl corner back, Brandon Flowers.
After today, (June 1st) the Chiefs have the option of cutting Flowers, saving them roughly $7.5 million against the cap this year and next year as well. According to Spotrac.com, the Chiefs currently sit at $3.6 million in cap space, so adding the Flowers money to that would give them over $11 million to spend this year.
Couple of things to consider here, starting with a trade.
If the Chiefs do decide to trade Flowers, 28, they would only save $3.5 million this year and $11.5 million next year which comes out to be about the same amount of money the Chiefs would save in just cutting him. The biggest problem is finding a trading partner who is willing to take on his huge contract AND is willing to give the Chiefs what he’s worth.
It’s just not likely to happen.
The other thing to consider is the business side of it all.
Flowers is coming off a Pro-Bowl season and I’m not trying to undermine what he meant to the defense but, lets be real. He struggled to fit in the new scheme and he’s struggled to stay on the football field throughout his career. In his six seasons with KC, he’s only played a full 16 game schedule once (2011) but, that’s not to say he hasn’t been reliable.
What I am saying is if the Chiefs are going to pay a corner back the kind of money he is set to make, the return should be better than what Flowers has to offer at this point.
Yes, he is the most established corner back on the team but, he doesn’t fit the man-to-man scheme and the addition of Phillip Gaines could be the perfect replacement. With Saun Smith and Marcus Cooper both entering their second seasons in this scheme, it should be expected for them to be better this season.
Who’s going to cover the slot receivers?
Well, why not Phillip Gaines? I know, that’s a big thing to ask of a rookie who’s never taken a snap in the NFL but, lets look at the facts. Gaines is faster and bigger than Flowers and has potential to eventually be the best corner on the roster. Point is, the Chiefs have already planned for a future with out Brandon Flowers.
Flowers isn’t at OTA’s and why has been the biggest question. The thing that makes the most sense is that, the Chiefs have informed him that he will not be with the team after the first of June and he shouldn’t risk injury at voluntary workouts. This way, Flowers hits the market coming off a Pro-Bowl season and now has the choice to pick where he goes. Flowers is happy, and the Chiefs save a ton of money.
This of course would free up enough to get deals done for both Alex Smith, and, Justin Houston before the season starts. You can debate back and fort about what each player is worth but, at the end of the day, $11.5 million free in cap space this year will go a long way in signing key guys for the future.
Personally, I love B-Flo and everything that he’s done in a Chiefs uniform so writing this isn’t easy. However, it is a business and sometimes teams have to let go of good players in order to have future success. You don’t think it was hard for the Colts to let Peyton Manning walk?
It’s a smart decision if the Chiefs do let him go and it’s one that will make more sense over time.
How do our readers feel about this? Would it be absolutely stupid for the Chiefs to cut him? Let me know in the comment box below.