Popular free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers “will make a decision on his next team sometime midweek,” reports Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Flowers reportedly has a number of suitors as arguably the top defensive back left on the open market this offseason.
Flowers, 28, was a key cog in the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense over the past few years until the team released him on June 13. Set to make $7.5 million in 2014, the Chiefs instead cut him and drafted another cornerback, Phillip Gaines, in the third round of the draft. Since being released, Flowers has been highly popular on the free agent market, with numerous teams reaching out to gauge the cornerback’s interest.
According to Pro Football Talk, Flowers visited the San Diego Chargers last week, and he’s also spoken with at least nine other teams, including the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens. It’s unclear how many of those teams he’s going to meet with before making his final decision, but there doesn’t appear to be much more time if the report is accurate.
A favorite for Flowers hasn’t yet emerged, though it’s reasonable to assume San Diego is one of the more likely possibilities. Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall are penciled in as the Chargers’ current starting cornerbacks, while second-year corner Steve Williams is also competing for playing time. The team’s 2013 first-round pick, Jason Verrett, is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
That could make Flowers a strong fit, as he’d likely slide into one of the starting spots while pushing the remaining cornerbacks to more appropriate roles. Many teams could use a player of Flowers’ caliber, though, so we’ll have to see who he ultimately signs with. From all indications, that should happen before next weekend.