In a surprising move, the Kansas City Chiefs have decided to part ways with veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers.
The team announced the move on its official Twitter account:
The Chiefs have released CB Brandon Flowers.— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) June 13, 2014
Although he was likely disappointed, Flowers had positive things to say following the news:
Just want to say thanks to the Hunt family for the 6years in Kansas City thanks to the fans and my teammates for some great years.— Brandon Flowers (@BFlowers24) June 13, 2014
Kansas City likely made the move to save money heading into next season. Adam Caplan of ESPN provides some details of Flowers' contract:
Flowers had his contract renegotiated last September. Was signed through 2016. $5.25 M in base salary for 2014.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) June 13, 2014
Still, this was quite a shocking move considering the fact that Flowers made the Pro Bowl last season as part of a quality defense on the Chiefs. He finished third on the team with 68 tackles in 2013 and has always been capable of making game-changing turnovers, totaling 17 interceptions in his six years in the league.
Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com notes that the 28-year-old cornerback will receive plenty of interest in the open market:
Wow.. Brandon Flowers released. Quite the demise for Flowers. Should be highly sought after.— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) June 13, 2014
On the other hand, there are those who do not feel Flowers was as good as advertised. Pro Football Focus graded him relatively poorly last season:
Brandon Flowers graded at -5.9 overall last season, -9.8 in coverage— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 13, 2014
Tom Pelissero of USA Today agreed the veteran was much worse than he seemed:
#Chiefs secondary was a bit of smoke and mirrors. Corner was always a place you could expose them. Flowers wasn't worth what he was due.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 13, 2014
The move will allow the Chiefs to save money and get younger to improve in the secondary. Rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines will attempt to get on the field next season, along with Chris Owens and others.
As for Flowers, there is little doubt he will be able to find a new team and likely a starting job before the beginning of next season.
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