Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) is unable to catch a pass while defended by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Release CB Brandon Flowers, Patriots Should Not Pursue Him


Yesterday it was announced that the Kansas City Chiefs had released cornerback Brandon Flowers. This came as a surprise, as Flowers recently signed a big contract with the Chiefs, and was expected to compete with the NFL’s elite to become one of the best cover corners in the league.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2014

With Flowers out of Kansas City, the inevitable rumors of ‘Flowers to New England’ have already come about. And normally, when a player like this is released, I would not be surprised at all to see Bill Belichick and company make a run at him. But with this particular scenario, not only do I think that it wont happen, but  I think it could be a horrible move if the Pats decided to pursue.

In past years, the Patriots had one of the worst defensive backfields in football. They simply were horrible at finding talent to bring that group back up to the top of the league. However that is no longer the case. In fact, other than possibly Seattle, New England may be home to the best secondary in football. And because of that, there is no need to add another corner to the mix, as it would waste the Pats’ money, and it could affect the whole dynamic of the current secondary.

Here is a rundown of who New England currently has in the back end: (Players that will make an impact during the season)

Darrelle Revis

Brandon Browner

Logan Ryan

Alfonzo Dennard

Kyle Arrington

Devin McCourty

Duron Harmon

So tell me, where would Flowers fit in that group? I’ll tell you exactly where. On any other team in the entire NFL.

I am not denouncing Flowers’ talent. I really think he is a solid cornerback. But I don’t like the idea of adding another talented corner into an already loaded group, specifically with OTA’s already underway. Chemistry is an extremely underrated aspect of a football team, and while having a good rapport among defensive backs isn’t nearly as important as it is with the quarterback and his receivers, it is still important.

Right now, it sounds like everybody in the back end of the defense is happy with the current state of the team. And that is no easy job when you have the likes of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner on your squad. I don’t know what Flowers’ personality is like, but fitting him into this defense would not be easy in any way shape or form.

There is no way Flowers would take Revis’ or Browner’s job, and he probably couldn’t even take Alfonzo Dennard’s or Logan Ryan’s current spot. The only place he could possibly fit in, is the slot, which is Kyle Arrington’s current position. However as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported earlier, playing in the slot is not something that Flowers would be interested in doing.

The bottom line in all of this, is bringing Flowers aboard would cause nothing but problems for New England. They already have a stacked cornerback group, and there is absolutely no need for another corner at this point. I understand the whole ‘can’t have enough defensive backs’ idea, but messing up the chemistry of this talented group is far too important to take a chance on someone like Brandon Flowers.


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  • Willy

    Hmmm, I’m never against adding talent and we always seem to have injuries. The depth that the Pats have, yes their are several names there but how good are they really? Players like Harmon and Ryan could play Safety which is an area of great weakness on this team. So I would probably trust Bill if he felt adding a Flowers would make his defense even stronger.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Certainly a fair argument. However I feel that it would not be worth it in terms of team chemistry, and money. Obviously BB knows a hell of a lot more than I do, but in my opinion, they don’t need to go after Flowers.

      • Willy

        Dont get me wrong, I’m not saying Bill knows any better than us necessarily just that you always have to keep an eye out for someone that could improve your team. I dont trust the guys who used to be our #1 corner’s and I hate who we have playing Safety. I feel as though Bill underrates the Safety position. Now perhaps he’ll end up shifting some guys to Safety and something will click and theyll be a good cohesive unit but I have my doubts.
        The other thing I forgot to mention is with Revis’ contract what it is, if he doesnt come back after this year then theyd go pretty much back to stinking again in the backfield, minus whatever Browner can give them. So perhaps signing a quality rotational player would give the team some protection going forward.
        As for chemistry, its hard to say right now what kind of chemistry they have. Winning tends to breed chemistry, good coaching and open minded players tend to breed chemistry, so we’ll see. Is Flowers known as a “distracting” kind of player or a “team” player?

        • Cyrus Geller

          I love Dennard and Ryan. And right now they will be coming in as the third and fourth corners, which makes me like them even more. As for the safety position, D-Mac is one of, if not the best in the game, so I am not too worried about that. And you make a good point with Revis’ contract. If the Pats can’t sign him long-term, they need someone else to help stabilize the back end.

        • Cyrus Geller

          And as Rapoport said about Flowers, I don’t know if he is a distracting personality, but he did not like playing in the slot. That is something worth noting.