Dec 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) returns a fumble for sixty four yards in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Ravens a dark horse to sign Brandon Flowers?


ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley sees the Baltimore Ravens as potential surprise suitors for former Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers.

Hensley believes the Ravens are thin at the third cornerback spot and could use a veteran like Flowers.

Right now, Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are battling for that spot. No one has seen enough of either young corner to know whether they’re ready to handle such an important role on the defense. Yet everyone would agree that the secondary would look much better if the Ravens’ top three cornerbacks were Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Flowers.

This is the type of rare opportunity in June that general manager Ozzie Newsome typically pounces on. Flowers is 28 years old and would’ve ranked among the top 20 free agents if he was on the market in March.

However, Hensley points out that the Ravens are not exactly flush with cap space, at least not compared to other teams believed to be interested in Flowers. Baltimore currently is only $4.6 million under the cap, compared to Atlanta who are $9.1 million under, and Houston who have $8.9 million in cap space.

The Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets have also been mentioned as potentially having interest in Flowers, a 2013 Pro Bowler who is graded by Pro Football Focus as barely a top-100 cornerback.

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