Chargers add Brandon Flowers to the discard pile

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The Chargers officially announced the releases of wide receiver Stevie Johnson and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker on Tuesday and they added a third veteran to the discard pile as well.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers is out as the team prepares for free agency and their move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. Flowers was set to have a cap number of $11 million for the 2017 season and the Chargers will get $7 million of that money back as a result of the move.

Flowers spent the last three seasons with the Chargers and missed the last six games of last season with a concussion. He missed time earlier in the year with another concussion and saw action in just six games altogether in the team’s final year in San Diego. The Chargers will move forward with Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams and Craig Mager as their corners.

Dropping Flowers, Johnson and Fluker adds over $19 million in cap room for the Chargers to spend as they put their 2017 team together.

25 responses to “Chargers add Brandon Flowers to the discard pile

  1. Chargers Fan Here. This is a joke. We all know the Spanos’ family will cheap out and not get any quality free agents. They will sign vet min contracts to field a team. And feel the required cap spending threshold. I know $11 million is a lot and Brandon isn’t as good as he used to be. But he is still solid and Jason Verrett always gets hurt.
    The Chargers oline is bad and offensively they’ve got an aging Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates. With Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and Melvin Gordon who have shown flashes of greatness. Just wish the trio can stay healthy. They need to fix the line and get the defense and offense to play a full 4 quarters. If they do that the team should be 7-9 to 10-6. But this is the Spanos Family so we will be 3-13 to 5-11. At least the Browns are trying to get better with Hue Jackson. The Chargers try to get worse.

  2. Smart to get rid of overpriced concussed veterans. Time for them to retire while they still have functioning brain cells. You can get some randoms in the draft for 1/10 the price and the same output.

  3. magikskillz says:
    Mar 7, 2017 12:02 PM
    Chargers Fan Here. This is a joke. We all know the Spanos’ family will cheap out and not get any quality free agents.
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    not much of a fan and not too smart of a comment either.
    Fluker is not worth 8M
    Williams didnt even play last year and not worth 3.5M
    and to your point of being cheap in free agency and not building the team…Flowers was acquired just a few years ago and is exactly the opposite of your theory. He was a good player who cant stay healthy and has been replaced by younger, better players. Expendable.
    They were low on cap space and got rid of some expensive vets – these were all good, solid, quality moves.

    Bolt Up Butter cup! gonna be a great year for Charger fans!

  4. The Carson City Chargers have and will go “on-the cheap.” Spanos want to sell the team. With NO HOME GAMES for at least 2 years they can’t build a viable fan base. What dummy fan is going to pay $5,000 to $7,000 for good seats in Carson City. People have a massive variety of other entertainment options, sports and otherwise in La-La-Land. The Carson City Chargers will be way low on the list…way low.

  5. “At least the Browns are trying to get better with Hue Jackson. The Chargers try to get worse.”

    Don’t really agree the Browns are trying to get better. Wouldn’t surprise me if they end up almost 50 mil under the cap again this season. The con man owner they have there needed a new scam after his PilotFlyingJ rip off was busted.

    The problem is the massive TV contracts and revenue sharing. Every team gets an equal piece of those contracts whether they win the Super Bowl or go 0-16. That is now the main portion of the owner’s income, not ticket sales, stadium revenue and merch sales.

    That rewards bad teams for staying bad and doesn’t give them much incentive to spend a lot of money to get better. The owners all know they just have to give a little lip service to the fans and then the team still sucks and they make their massive TV paychecks every year.

  6. Rams and Chargers may be the 3rd and 4th best football teams playing within 30 minutes of each other in Los Angeles next year. Go Trojans, go Bruins!

  7. Not that I want to defend ownership, but the Chargers actually had the least cap room in the league (~$5.5M) after tagging Melvin Ingram.

    This is after the salary cap went up $10M+ to $167M this year.

    Cutting these few guys gives them some room now to sign some FA’s.

  8. The Carson City Chargers have and will go “on-the cheap.” Spanos want to sell the team. With NO HOME GAMES for at least 2 years they can’t build a viable fan base. What dummy fan is going to pay $5,000 to $7,000 for good seats in Carson City. People have a massive variety of other entertainment options, sports and otherwise in La-La-Land. The Carson City Chargers will be way low on the list…way low.
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    Anyone that pays that kind of money to watch the Carson chargers is a fool. There is no such team.

    The Los Angeles Chargers season tickets start at 700 per and go as high as 3500 for premium 50yard line seats
    That is not cheap but watching the Best LA Football team in a small stadium costs money. Can’t afford it? Don’t buy and stop crying.

  9. backuppunter says:
    Mar 7, 2017 12:38 PM
    yet another example of kansas city drafting good corners and letting them go at just the right time. he was a stud in KC. not so much in San Diego.
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    Flowers served his purpose in SD and they got their value from him.
    He was a stud in SD, declined last year and we cut ties.
    Great mentor for Verett too

  10. @magikskillz,

    Two posts on two threads today with you going on about how cheap the Chargers are and don’t spend cash on players.

    Year in and year out, going back to AJ Smith days, the Chargers have regularly spent nearly all their cap. As evidence, they have the lowest cap figure this year.

    Yes, Spanos is ridiculously cheap. In all ways. Except the cap, probably because the GM controls that spending. Even there, Spanos has found a way to be cheap (e.g., cash flow & Bosa). But in the end, the cap dollars are spent.

  11. These are just smart moves to create cap space like everyone else has been doing the last two weeks.

    Fluker was drafted to play tackle and could not handle speed rushers so he was moved inside to guard. He was the 54th ranked guard last year by PFF. Certainly not worth over $8million.

    Flowers has had concussion issues for two years and has spent all offseason considering retirement. Again, not a player you are going to build with.

    Stevie Johnson missed more games with injury than he played. They need the cap money more than they need him.

    Yes the Spanos family is cheap, but this has nothing to do with that.

  12. Yes the Spanos family is cheap, but this has nothing to do with that.
    _____________________________________maybe he was cut because he sucked?

  13. Rivers gets 80 mil for 4 more years and only has 2 good years left ……nice move Dean Spanos…

    and they never draft a young QB for Rivers to mentor ???

    Common sense and cheap don’t mix lol

  14. “Chargers fan here, this is a joke”.

    No, it’s creating cap space and rectifying mistakes. Flowers had injury concerns when SD acquired him, and honestly he was subpar in SD. Fluker is a 340lb guard because he can’t play tackle, and Stevie Johnson is ancient and never plays. Why would any Chargers fan want to keep these guys?

  15. You so called Chargers fans do realize the Spanos Family lets our quality players leave and go to division rivals right? Louis Vasquez went to Broncos. We let Vincent Jackson go and he was our best wide receiver. We had Michael Turner who then went on to be successful in Atlanta We also had Mike Tolbert. We let Quentin Jammer go. We let Eric Weddle go. The Chargers get talent and then let it go because the Spanos Family is cheap and doesn’t care about winning. And the team didn’t even bring in quality replacements. I’m sorry but Marcus Gilchrist is trash and is not a attractive signing to get the fan base involved. All these players had success after they left. And the common theme is Chargers players do better when they leave and do worse when they go there. And yes the Spanos Family does pay free agents. But my issue is they overpay for trash like Jarret Johnson from the Ravens. You guys really want to tell me that Jarret Johnson is an amazing signing. Please guys like Woodhead, Flowers, and Heyward from recent seasons are exceptions not the norm. Lastly Danario Alexander was amazing. He gets hurt and they move on. Ya know the team fields flat out scrubs even when there are no injuries.

  16. What dummy fan is going to pay $5,000 to $7,000 for good seats in Carson City.

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    This dummy. I have seen Galaxy and USMNT games there and it’s a great experience. Can’t wait.

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