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

Brandon Flowers expected to make decision on new team next week


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.

Tags: Brandon Flowers Kansas City Chiefs San Diego Chargers

  • trinity

    I’m ready to see who he chooses already!

    • powderBLUE801

      I know right? It’s like waiting for the draft all over again!!

  • BlueBoltFan

    The best part is that the secondary is already solid, especially going forward. Brandon Flowers could make it a potential position of strength. Telesco is clearly building a fast, slightly undersized 3/4 hybrid defense. This may very well be a team that could do some things. Exciting times off the I-15!

    • John Alton

      I wouldn’t say the secondary is solid. That remains to be seen. Verret and Williams have never played in a regular season game and outside of Ghee its the same players from last year. They were 29th last year in pass defense. They need to prove it on the field this year before anybody can call them solid. They may look solid on paper but, that means nothing. Don’t even bring up OTA’s or mini camp.

      • BlueBoltFan

        I think we have a different understanding of solid. By your standard, everyone would have to be agnostic about everything until the Super Bowl. I bet the Patriots felt good in 2008 until Brady got his knee folded. We felt pretty good last year at WR with Dax and M80 with the expectation that KA13 would get slow rolled into the offense. How’d that work out? Nothing is guaranteed.

        At SS and CB we have young, physical players with good skill sets and who fit the scheme competing for positions. Outside of having a star, that’s about as much as you can ask. Solid.

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      I don’t care what it does under one condition: destroy Peyton Manning

      • BlueBoltFan

        Agreed.

  • Robert Fairbanks

    If he honors the Chargers with his presence and he performs up to his capabilities I would then think my Bolts have a much greater chance of making the playoffs, and he must stay healthy.