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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking News: Brandon Flowers Released By The Kansas City Chiefs

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Brandon Flowers, the Pro Bowl corner back, was released Friday by the Kansas City Chiefs. According to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs will free up $7.25 million in cap space.

 

 

 

Flowers, who is just 28, is a smaller corner at 5’9″. According to Paylor, General Manager John Dorsey prefers bigger corners. Also according to Paylor, Brandon Flowers didn’t seem to be very compatible with the Chiefs present defensive scheme.

Flowers was also was not a great fit in new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s scheme, which relies a great deal on press-man coverage, and Flowers struggled both outside and inside on the way to posting a Pro Football Focus grade of minus-5.9, which was his worst since 2008.

Flowers, who made it to the Pro Bowl this past season, despite his perceived failings, spent his entire career with Kansas City. According to ESPN, Flowers has 374 tackles and 17 interceptions in his 6 years with the Chiefs. He has recovered 5 fumbles, has 2 sacks, and scored 3 touchdowns.

Brandon Flowers is still a viable NFL corner back. The Chiefs need money, and they evidently feel they can easily replace his production. The Chiefs defense struggled the second half of last season with him; it is scary to contemplate how bad they will be without him.

If the Chiefs were worried about his fragility as well as his size, this may have made the decision even easier.

Kansas City will try to replace him with Sean Smith, rookie Phillip Gaines, and maybe Marcus Cooper, who struggled mightily the second half of last season.

The Chiefs may be trying to free up money to sign Justin Houston or Alex Smith to long-term deals. $7 million could help out the cause.

The Atlanta Falcons are already being bandied about as a possible landing spot for Brandon Flowers for this season. The Washington Redskins may also be interested, according to Jim Trotter of ESPN, via twitter.

 

Two weeks ago, KC Kingdom’s own Josh Michaels argued the Chiefs should cut Brandon Flowers. You can read that editorial here.

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