The NFL is a fickle mistress.
Despite making the Pro Bowl for the first team in his career last year, cornerback Brandon Flowers found that out the hard way on Friday.
As Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reported, the Chiefs released the 28-year-old after six seasons with the team.
The team released a statement. “We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the team over the last six seasons,” general manager John Dorsey said. “It’s in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career.”
Maybe it was Flowers' $10.5 million cap number Flowers carried this year. Maybe it was the struggles last year that saw Flowers free-fall from 7th among NFL cornerbacks in 2012 to 87th in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Whatever the reason, Flowers is now looking for work, but as PFF's Pete Damilatis points out it probably won't be for long:
Even after a poor 2013, Brandon Flowers' +35.5 @PFF coverage grade in the last 5 seasons is the 5th-highest of any CB.
— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) June 13, 2014
Here's a handful of teams who should be among the first to pick up the phone.