Cutting Brandon Flowers to free up some cap room may come back to haunt the Kansas City Chiefs. According to CBSSorts.com NFL Insider, Jason La Confora, via twitter, Flowers has signed with the San Diego Chargers.
Chargers have agreed to terms with CB Brandon Flowers
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 24, 2014
Other confirmations from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and FanSided’s NFL Spin Zone.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 24, 2014
The @chargers have signed Brandon Flowers to a one-year contract!
— NFL Spin Zone (@NFLSpinZone) June 24, 2014
Despite making the Pro Bowl for the Chiefs in 2013, Pro Football Focus had last year rated as Flowers’ worst season to date.
2013 was a disappointment for Brandon Flowers (-8.7 coverage) but prior to that earned a top 10 coverage grade every year from 09-12.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 24, 2014
Whether that poor performance was due to the new regime’s different defensive schemes, or maybe a bum knee, Flowers was still Kansas City’s most accomplished cornerback at the time he was let go. The Chiefs saved $7 million this season and $7.5 million next by letting Brandon Flowers.
Now they have to face him twice this year.
The Chiefs are going to have to make do with the likes of Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, rookie Phillip Gaines, Ron Parker, and Chris Owens at cornerback. That group as a whole does not instil a great deal of confidence.
The Kansas City Chiefs need that group of players to take big steps forward in development in 2014 if the defense is going to be successful.
Meanwhile, time will tell if the Chiefs made a wise decision in cutting Brandon Flowers. With him signing with divisional rival, the San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs will get at least two opportunities to see if they chose wisely.