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Chiefs release cornerback Brandon Flowers

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Brandon Flowers wasn’t around for Chiefs OTAs. And now he won’t be around for any other activities either.

The Chiefs announced they had released the high-priced cornerback Friday afternoon.

Flowers was scheduled to make a $5.25 million this year, and because of those numbers, the Chiefs were willing to trade him. They’ll be able to split the dead money over two years by cutting him now.

The Chiefs were looking to get younger and bigger at the position, but it’s still shocking to see Pro Bowl-level players cut just before the weekend.

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114 Responses to “Chiefs release cornerback Brandon Flowers”
  1. xxravennationxx says: Jun 13, 2014 3:13 PM

    Ravens

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 13, 2014 3:13 PM

    Ravens!

  3. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 13, 2014 3:14 PM

    But in all honesty he fell of this year

  4. bigtganks says: Jun 13, 2014 3:15 PM

    OAKLAND!

  5. longsufferingkcfan says: Jun 13, 2014 3:16 PM

    He was overpaid and a little overrrated. With that said, ummm what???

  6. brandonj21 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    Come on down to Houston baby !!

  7. dcbrave says: Jun 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    Redskins need to be looking into this RIGHT now #HTTR

  8. bassplucker says: Jun 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    Wow. GMs who didn’t get the CB they wanted in the draft have a second chance.

  9. narlo00 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:20 PM

    C’mon Zimmer – sign this dude.

    SKOL

  10. giantboy99 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:22 PM

    Hello Cowboys

  11. dc2uh says: Jun 13, 2014 3:23 PM

    im the worlds biggest chiefs fan and i can honestly tell you there is no reason to be upset with us cutting him! he did not deserve to be a probowl player under suttons defense….great guy…not great in our system

  12. dickshotdogs says: Jun 13, 2014 3:24 PM

    The NFL is fleeting. Sorry for stating the obvious.

  13. delrmi05 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:26 PM

    Will be a great pickup for a team

  14. smartstickhotness says: Jun 13, 2014 3:26 PM

    Who is gonna knock welker down when he isn’t looking now?

  15. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Jun 13, 2014 3:27 PM

    NEW ENGLAND

  16. tommiepickles says: Jun 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    Wow. I heard theyre trying to trade him but I didnt know they were gonna go desean jackson on the situation and just cut him.

  17. kcflake says: Jun 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    B Flowers, We will miss seeing you in the Red and Gold. Thanks for all the Blood, Sweat and Tears. I wish you Nothing but the Best for your future in the NFL.

  18. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    Go. Get. Him. Steelers.

  19. gobroncos816 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:30 PM

    5.25 Million is too much for what is at least a solid slot corner?

    This is what keeps the chiefs bottom dwellers.

  20. notthetroll says: Jun 13, 2014 3:31 PM

    He won’t be waiting that long

  21. justbust says: Jun 13, 2014 3:32 PM

    Pro bowl db cut , didn’t want to come to camp, there’s a lot more drama to this. For nearly 6 mill most wouldn’t hold out .

  22. logicalvoiceslogicalvoice says: Jun 13, 2014 3:32 PM

    Welcome to Philadelphia Mr. Flowers.

  23. edaniel82 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:32 PM

    this team keeps getting weaker and weaker, back field sucks, O-line is gone, D-line is slow, Linebackers are old. Alex Smiths wants too much money to stay, WR can’t catch. now trade Charles, he is all that you have left. Back to the bottom of the west

  24. thedreamcomparison says: Jun 13, 2014 3:33 PM

    Welcome to Miami!

  25. dangerturtle says: Jun 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    And suddenly all that cap money Idzik is sitting on is looking awful useful for NY…

  26. RussianBreadMaker says: Jun 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    Redskins. Sign him please

  27. FlashPatterson says: Jun 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    Might as well throw the Viking’s hat into the ring.. this would be a good pickup for a team with one starting corner and a solid nickel guy.

  28. ia4chiefs says: Jun 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    After all the players we have already lost, what is another shot in the foot. It looks like we are trying to be the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and it is not even pre-season.

  29. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jun 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    They’ll regret it. Especially when they face off the angry Broncos and improved Chargers. The Raiders are to that Division to what the Redskins are to the NFC East. Bad move Andy.

  30. raiders4life says: Jun 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    the Raiders still have $10M to spend on free agents. Reggie McKenzie, do your thing!

  31. whatjusthapped says: Jun 13, 2014 3:35 PM

    Considering how bad the Viking secondary is, I would be shocked if they didn’t try to sign him. He might have lost a step or two but still he is better that what the Vikings have now, which is underperforming garbage.

  32. raid2055 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:36 PM

    Reggie McKenzie should not drag his feet on this one. This is a, ” No Brain-er! “

  33. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 13, 2014 3:36 PM

    Way to cover all your bases there joeflaccoallday. You about as unsure as Ozzie Newsome trying to figure out what to do with Ray Rice.

  34. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 13, 2014 3:36 PM

    Lions cut Houston, so bring on Flowers.

  35. radiofriendly420 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:39 PM

    Lions baby!

  36. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 13, 2014 3:39 PM

    I thought Flowers really blossomed in KC and yet the Chiefs scalped him. Now they have freed some money not to pay Alex Smith.

  37. fordmandalay says: Jun 13, 2014 3:41 PM

    I’d guess at least 30 other teams will be very interested in signing him. And some of those teams are in the AFC West.

  38. 1phd says: Jun 13, 2014 3:43 PM

    San Francisco should definitely be considering him in the mix to compete for the position.

  39. dirtybird70 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:47 PM

    Come join your old boss, Pioli, in the ATL!

  40. realmenwearstripes says: Jun 13, 2014 3:49 PM

    Solid CBs are hard to come by in this league. Someone will pay him the money he wants.

  41. rhodesclosed29 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:51 PM

    Welcome to MN,

    Flowers
    Rhodes
    Munnerlynn.
    Smith
    Exum

    pretty solid :D

  42. butterball13 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:51 PM

    The jets have money to spend and Rex loves corners more than he loves his wife’s feet. Get it done!

  43. floreskins says: Jun 13, 2014 3:53 PM

    Andy Reid just doing Andy Reid things.

  44. ctiggs says: Jun 13, 2014 3:56 PM

    Come join the leaders and the best #Nononehasitbetter #kapwillgetussix

  45. haleyistheman00 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:56 PM

    Edaniels you said the back field sucks? So Jamal Charles sucks???

  46. bucrightoff says: Jun 13, 2014 3:58 PM

    Gotta be the Jets. They have the need and the cash to (over) pay.

  47. wtfru2 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:59 PM

    Vikings! They only have 11 on the roster now.

  48. haleyistheman00 says: Jun 13, 2014 3:59 PM

    Hey if it frees space to sign Houston then who cares? And for the Andy Reid haters HE DOESNT CONTROL THE FRONT OFFICE that’s John Dorsey’s job !!!

  49. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 13, 2014 4:04 PM

    Would be nice to have him in Atlanta to mentor the young guys a bit… Just sayin’.

  50. mutantman87 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    The 49ers should sign Flowers, as badly as they need CB help. 49ers-Seahawks in 2104 sounds like 3 epic games again, a probably a blowout in Seattle, close 49ers win in SF, and another NFC Championship that goes right down to the wire.

  51. originate421 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    Before he can sign with SF, Ravens, Lions, etc… Doesn’t he have to clear waivers before he can choose his team.

    That being said, wouldn’t that put the lower ranked teams like Texans, Raiders, Jaguars get first crack at him.

    It will be interesting to see how many teams put in a claim.

  52. faepernick says: Jun 13, 2014 4:07 PM

    Wishing the 49ers had the cap space to grab him.

  53. rohlo says: Jun 13, 2014 4:10 PM

    chargers will be giving him a call… cb is still a need!!

  54. barrywhererufrom says: Jun 13, 2014 4:11 PM

    Jets have the cash and a huge need..sign him idzik or don’t come back to your office!!

  55. micklegrande says: Jun 13, 2014 4:12 PM

    What a bunch of clueless posters.

    Brandon Flowers hasn’t played well since 2010. In 2013, he demoted early in the season in favor of a 7th round waiver wire acquisition in Marcus Cooper. He couldn’t beat out Sean Smith or even Ron Parker, a 3rd year player that was a waiver wire acquisition.

    He’s small (5’9) and doesn’t match up with the AFC West’s best receivers in Thomas, Thomas, Allen, etc. Andy Reid and John Dorsey talked to him about moving to safety and he balked. He refused to show up at OTA’s, even though he had a contract that would have paid him in excess of $10 million this season.

    The Chiefs get significant cap space now to sign Justin Houston, a far more important player, to an extension while Parker and Grimes will compete for the slot position

  56. kosarkid says: Jun 13, 2014 4:12 PM

    After the Chiefs solid turn around last year you’ve got to be wondering what’s going on with them this offseason.

  57. jlstaud says: Jun 13, 2014 4:15 PM

    He’ll end up in Denver or New England on a one year deal

  58. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jun 13, 2014 4:18 PM

    Bengals don’t need him.

  59. yodrianididit says: Jun 13, 2014 4:19 PM

    Idzik should drive to KC to pick him up!

  60. jjackwagon says: Jun 13, 2014 4:19 PM

    5.25 Million is too much for what is at least a solid slot corner?
    This is what keeps the chiefs bottom dwellers.

    Even when you combine their salaries, your team didn’t spend that much last year on CBs (and it showed).
    Stupid says what?

  61. dtr3e says: Jun 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    The Jets need to sign this guy. Even if it’s over-priced. They need a CB and they did nothing in free-agency or the draft. They got the money, get it done Idzik!

  62. billybone says: Jun 13, 2014 4:22 PM

    Some of you are funny. Unless a player is not on your team you bash him all week long and twice on Sundays. Then the minute a guy gets cut or is up for trade, everybody wants him on their team. By reading all these posts it seems as if 20 teams fans want their team to pick Flowers up.

    Not that there is anything wrong with it, but a hilarious observation nonetheless.

  63. casurferho says: Jun 13, 2014 4:23 PM

    Lol, eveyone is frothing at the mouth… Relax minions!!!! He Will be a Viking, already heard the whisper

  64. fivetimechamps49 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:25 PM

    come to San Francisco and get that ring!

  65. toybkshr says: Jun 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    If he’s close to what he was (big IF), he can sit back n wait for bodies to start falling during training camps. He still won’t sniff 5mil, but because of the posn (CB), he can still skip mandatory mini camps and the injury risk that comes with them & sign once CB injuries start piling up at camps.

  66. toneloc1970 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    Time for Mr. Flowers to BOLT UP!!! San Diego…

  67. staaaafford says: Jun 13, 2014 4:30 PM

    Deeeeeeeetroit! We just cut Houston so some folks are probably saying the same stuff about him ….. then again he did play for the Lions so probably not

  68. axespray says: Jun 13, 2014 4:31 PM

    Is Brandon Carr any good?
    Now that he’s on a national level of exposure and not hiding behind his Madden Rating (ala D’Qwell Jackson).

    …Oh, 32nd ranked defense – awful coverage – yeah, everyone can go ahead and pick up Flowers then.

  69. scrotiemcb says: Jun 13, 2014 4:32 PM

    Love it. Chiefs are decomposing before our eyes. 2/3rds of the o-line– gone. Best CB in an already suspect secondary– gone. No upgrade at WR. No upgrade at QB. Lateral move, at best, in the slot….

    Thank God they fortified (maybe) their only position of strength (pass rush) in the draft.

    Long live Dorsey and Reid!!!!

  70. jdubkc says: Jun 13, 2014 4:32 PM

    Too late to cancel my jersey? KC will miss this guy.

  71. unbiasednflfan says: Jun 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    Zimmer will get the most out of him in Minnesota.

  72. hikermike says: Jun 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    Flowers for Houston swap.

  73. martybugs2 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:35 PM

    Breaking news….He is on a plane right now heading to meet with the jets!!!!!

  74. t500000t says: Jun 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    Pretty strange move by the Chiefs to let a pro-bowler player go. $ Five million doesn’t seem like a lot for a player of his caliber. Probably stay in the AFC West.

    1. Raiders have the cap space available.

    2. Chargers have Jason Verrett, who is similar in size, but he’s coming of shoulder surgery and he is a rookie. Flowers could make a decent transition player there.

    3. Broncos let Champ Bailey go and appear to have signed a number of 1 year contracts to CBs. Flowers might be able to find a spot there.

  75. chawkup says: Jun 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    It is a wonderful feeling to have the best CBs in football. Our #6 CB would start for most teams.

  76. geniusesq says: Jun 13, 2014 4:43 PM

    Would say come to DC, but we have about as much cap space as Peyton Manning.

  77. trogdor4 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:44 PM

    Flowers has lost his speed, and he can’t play man press coverage. He got beat so many times last year it was startling.

    Maybe it was the scheme, but he seemed like he lost more than a step, maybe two.

  78. t500000t says: Jun 13, 2014 4:45 PM

    If you’re #6 CB is good enough to be a starter on most teams but dumb enough to be a #6 on your team, then most teams probably wouldn’t want him.

  79. oreo51 says: Jun 13, 2014 4:45 PM

    Sorry, Mr. Flowers but you are not good enough to make the Seahawks.

  80. gbmickey says: Jun 13, 2014 4:49 PM

    A guy that’s been in the league for as long as he has do you really think he would choose the fiasco in Minnesota when he will have many suitors? Why would he take a major step downward? Pretty delusional fan base.

  81. duluthvikesfan says: Jun 13, 2014 4:52 PM

    Perfect example of why the high priced contracts theses players sign mean nothing. Few ever get to play out the contract to the end and the teams can just dump you when they don’t want to pay you anymore. GM’s know when they sign these guys to big deals that they will never have to worry about paying out the entire contract.

  82. trefkennedy says: Jun 13, 2014 4:52 PM

    Bring him to dallas

  83. stackzondeck says: Jun 13, 2014 5:02 PM

    Hey Ozzie, get on the horn and make this happen. RAVENS ALL DAY.

  84. realnflmaster says: Jun 13, 2014 5:14 PM

    He’ll join the JETS. Everyone wants to apart of the next NFL dynasty.

    #NamathLEGEND #RexRyanHOF #1960Greatness

  85. chawkup says: Jun 13, 2014 5:39 PM

    fivetimechamps49 says:
    Jun 13, 2014 4:25 PM
    come to San Francisco and get that ring!
    ______________________

    First off, San Francisco no longer has a team. Second, they don’t give rings for losing in the NFC Championship Game.

  86. teek77 says: Jun 13, 2014 5:40 PM

    Come on over to Charlotte, Flowers. You’d enjoy having our DL & LBs in front of you. And, according to Brandon LaFell, you don’t have to practice hard.

  87. jmblosser82 says: Jun 13, 2014 5:50 PM

    originate421, he has 4 years of service so he will not hit waivers.

  88. oldcracker says: Jun 13, 2014 5:50 PM

    I think the Vikings or Jets make the most sense. Both teams need help in their secondary and have the cap space.

    A long time, successful vet like Flowers can bring a lot to the table, especially for the younger players.

  89. theebadguy says: Jun 13, 2014 5:57 PM

    Hail!!!

  90. micklegrande says: Jun 13, 2014 5:57 PM

    t500000t says: Jun 13, 2014 4:37 PM

    Pretty strange move by the Chiefs to let a pro-bowler player go. $ Five million doesn’t seem like a lot for a player of his caliber. Probably stay in the AFC West.

    ————–

    More nonsense.

    The Chiefs save $7.5 million against the cap this year AND $7.5 million next year with this move.

    Once again, Flowers is 28 years old and coming off his worst season as a pro, couldn’t beat out waiver wire acquisitions. He’s 5’9 and sloooow.

    He might help a bad secondary for a year or so, but he’s not a premiere corner and needs great safety play to even be effective.

  91. realfootballfan says: Jun 13, 2014 6:01 PM

    It’s a good thing those top ten rookies aren’t getting those contracts anymore and the veterans over 30 are, oh wait.

  92. micklegrande says: Jun 13, 2014 6:03 PM

    scrotiemcb says: Jun 13, 2014 4:32 PM

    Love it. Chiefs are decomposing before our eyes. 2/3rds of the o-line– gone. Best CB in an already suspect secondary– gone. No upgrade at WR. No upgrade at QB. Lateral move, at best, in the slot….

    —–

    Do you even watch the Chiefs? “2/3rds” of the offensive line is NOT gone. The Chiefs will have Jeff Allen, Rodney Hudson and Eric Fisher as starters, along with Donald Stephenson, who’s played in 32 games since being drafted in 2013 with 14 starts on the left and right side of the line.

    They lost ONE position: Right guard. It was occupied by Asamoah (bust) and free agent Geoff Schwartz, both of which can be described as average at best. Rishaw Johnson started at San Diego last year (along with the other 2nd teamers), barely lost in OT (due to a missed FG) in which the line didn’t commit a single penalty.

    The demise of the Chiefs is greatly exaggerated on this site and others.

  93. t500000t says: Jun 13, 2014 6:15 PM

    @micklegrande

    “Once again, Flowers is 28 years old and coming off his worst season as a pro, couldn’t beat out waiver wire acquisitions. He’s 5’9 and sloooow.”

    It is interesting what is being said about Flowers after his only pro bowl appearance, just a few short months ago. Not saying you’re wrong here, just saying its interesting.

  94. trapshoot says: Jun 13, 2014 6:23 PM

    Packers?

  95. micklegrande says: Jun 13, 2014 6:39 PM

    t500000t says: Jun 13, 2014 6:15 PM

    @micklegrande

    “Once again, Flowers is 28 years old and coming off his worst season as a pro, couldn’t beat out waiver wire acquisitions. He’s 5’9 and sloooow.”

    It is interesting what is being said about Flowers after his only pro bowl appearance, just a few short months ago. Not saying you’re wrong here, just saying its interesting

    —-

    Does anyone truly believe that Flowers was worth $10.5 million this season after his past few seasons? $10.5 million?

  96. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Jun 13, 2014 6:57 PM

    Mustve had gang ties.

  97. scrotiemcb says: Jun 13, 2014 6:58 PM

    micklegrande,

    I watch enough to know that overall they are less experienced and less talented than they were last year…and, relatively speaking, that’s sort of like saying Keanu Reeves becomes a worse actor with age.

  98. steves11 says: Jun 13, 2014 7:08 PM

    “Sorry, Mr. Flowers but you are not good enough to make the Seahawks”

    He’s probably good enough to make the Eagles though. Just sayin……..

  99. wiztopher says: Jun 13, 2014 7:14 PM

    All the smart teams will pass him up

  100. slick50ks says: Jun 13, 2014 8:50 PM

    It’s 10.5 you dolt.

    If you don’t know the numbers, then try to refrain from commenting on them.

  101. zukny1 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:13 PM

    OMG Maybe 5.25 Mil is too much in KC but it sure isn’t in Philly!!!!! Philly needs a decent CB BAD! Like Real bad!

    This whole talk that he was: over rated & over paid.. Ah, man is a baller. Not the best CB in the world, But team player, will tackle, strong defensive presence. Love this guy!

  102. cballlv11 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:49 PM

    The smiles on the faces of every QB on KC’s schedule just got a little bigger… What was a lousy secondary, just became a pitiful one…

  103. blogatron2000 says: Jun 14, 2014 5:07 AM

    I liked Flowers but I agree with this move.

    They basically need to have someone emerge from the pack to play slot corner and they’ll be ok. Don’t forget that the biggest issue with last year’s secondary has already departed (Kendrick Lewis) so they should be better there.

    IMO, paying Houston and Smith is the top priority here. A slot corner can’t be a game changer like those guys can.

  104. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 14, 2014 5:18 AM

    Flowers is great: as an emergency room patient. That dude is an injury waiting to happen on the next play. So long, Brandon.

  105. jetsfaninindy says: Jun 14, 2014 8:37 AM

    The Jets have a need, and a nice reserve of cash.
    Rex will be all over this!

  106. natelan says: Jun 14, 2014 9:02 AM

    Would love to have him in San Diego, but I don’t think he fits in our cap space, we would need to shift some numbers or bodies.

  107. wny49er says: Jun 14, 2014 10:07 AM

    He doesn’t need to clear waivers the season hasn’t started. I heard his agent said he would be open for a one year deal. If that’s the case, it would make the most sense for SF to grab him.

  108. wny49er says: Jun 14, 2014 10:09 AM

    The Bills could be in the running to. A top ten defense w the addition of Spikes, could make Buffalo a playoff team this year.

  109. lscratchingthesurface says: Jun 14, 2014 11:18 AM

    Brandon: You’ll always be missed by true Chief fans. Thanks for giving 110% the last several years. I’m sad knowing you won’t be there to make a huge play. You’ll always be a Chief in the fans heart.

  110. mollywopper says: Jun 14, 2014 2:06 PM

    He would instantly be the best DB on the Vikings roster… What does that tell you?

  111. michaelamericano says: Jun 14, 2014 3:00 PM

    We’ll miss you in KC, Brandon.

  112. mrbigg513 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:54 PM

    Madden wise RAIDERS reality wise RETIREMENT lol I’m jus playing come on jus win baby

  113. hudgeliberal says: Jun 17, 2014 3:48 AM

    Would fit nicely in Big D,however,the Cowboys really do not have the cap room to afford him. Not many quality CB stay on the market long these days!

  114. haraldsigurdson says: Jun 17, 2014 12:41 PM

    Flowers would probably look good in Dallas, or Tampa, but he’s not a fit for the Vikings the way their secondary is supposed to play under Coach Zimmer.

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