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:
Although he was likely disappointed, Flowers had positive things to say following the news:
Kansas City likely made the move to save money heading into next season. Adam Caplan of ESPN provides some details of Flowers' contract:
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:
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:
Tom Pelissero of USA Today agreed the veteran was much worse than he seemed:
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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