October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) breaks up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Release Brandon Flowers

The a kind of surprising move, the Kansas City Chiefs have cut CB Brandon Flowers.

“We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the team over the last six seasons,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. “It’s in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career.”

There are likely a couple of reasons for the move. Flowers was not the ideal fit for the current Chiefs defensive scheme. He struggled at times last season and was also counting over $9 million against the salary cap.

More from the Chiefs in their press release announcing the move:

Flowers (5-9, 187) has played in 88 games (87 starts) in six NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008- 13). His career numbers include 421 tackles (338 solo), 2.0 sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He has 17 interceptions returned for a total of 344 yards with three touchdowns and 97 passes defensed. Flowers has started two postseason games for the club tallying eight tackles (five solo) and one interception.

The Delray Beach, Florida, native originally entered the NFL as a second-round draft selection (35th overall) of the Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Virginia Tech and prepped at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Florida.

I am sorry to see Flowers go but the Chiefs are getting to the point with their roster where they have to make some tough decisions. With a talented roster full of Pro Bowlers, it was only a matter of time before the team was going to run out of cap space.

There have been some reports that the Chiefs were trying to trade Flowers but that the effort was unsuccessful.

What do you think, Addicts? Is this move a good one or a bad one for the Chiefs?

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  • Ardent Shepherd

    This move had to be made. He’s eating up too much cap space and the secondary is getting awfully crowded. He’s a tad too small for our system, and by my estimation, had lost a few steps over the season. I’m excited to see how the young guns perform this season. I think our first and second year players might surprise a few teams this year.

    • area

      I’m more in the line of thinking that people are going to be more surprised with how much Flowers contributed.

    • KCMikeG

      I sure hope you are right.

    • Jim Harper

      I agree! Flowers does not fit the system. He is too small to be physical in Sutton’s aggressive defense and got burned way too many times last year as a result. I think this was a solid move.

      • tm1946

        Shame they wasted a pro bowl spot on such a bum.

  • Stephen Genova

    I personally think it’s the right move, though tough. Brandon Flowers struggled at times last season and I think the team had to move on. There are more pressing needs on this roster right now.

    • mnelson52

      This creates another need.

    • area

      More pressing than retaining a pro bowl cornerback when your secondary is already suspect? I respectfully disagree sir. Everyone was under contract, and if a player is holding out you play hardball…period…the front office folded on this one and it will bite them on the ass this year.

  • Zach

    Was the stupidest decision we have made this off-season

    • area

      I tried to up this more than once…an exception to the rules should be made in times of strife.

  • mnelson52

    Bad. They needed one more year with him while they develop another nickel. I believe this has hurt our 2014 defense. It was a new position for him and he had improved a lot by seasons end. The move may however help for the future. They may feel they have his replacement on the roster, but I think it is a step back for 2014, and this was strictly a cap move. I also think he was told he would be released or traded and that was the reason for his absence. He won’t be a free agent long. He’s still an above average corner. He may have to take a pay cut though.

  • Roger Mihalko

    There is a lot of DB’s in camp, 12 or so, depends on how you look at the smith arrest. I don’t think you can replace flowers in any form, especially his experience and team leadership, but its a business move, and the chiefs defense will be lessor for it.

    There is Berry, Abdullah, Cooper, Parker, Commings,…..pretty decent talent…. then you have the van dykes, Gaines, Sorrensen, Kearney and Rutland all 6 foot to 6.2 all young and with a lot of speed, following them Bronson and Rogers at 5.11…

    I left smith out because we don’t know his status.

    I didn’t understand owens signing, and with release of flowers, owens fits even less into the scheme.

    • area

      A large number of the guys listed are safeties, I get what you are saying, but Flowers was pro bowl cornerback…we have no more of them on the roster.

      • Roger Mihalko

        I agree we don’t have any pro bowl DB’s left, but looking at the roster, over half are listed as Cornerbacks, Berry, Abdullah, McMillian ( who I forgot to list are listed as Strong Safeties) .

        I Think the list is fluid and with all the different formations above the base 3-4 which they spend less than half the time, will get some movement at the corner and safety slots.

        What those are and who they are remains be seen.

  • Michael Shaw

    I really don’t care about the cap room………….this is a dumb move. What are the odds Denver comes calling for him, or SD or OAK?????????????????? Hopefully he ends up in Dallas or Detroit or Chicago!!!!!!!!!

    • kc4life25

      Odds are he ends up in choakland.

    • Calchiefsfan

      This move could come back to bite us big time.

    • Larry Devore

      Are you really afraid of Oakland?

      • Michael Shaw

        With him on their defense? Absolutely. I remember when Albert Lewis went to the enemy and he killed us in the back end against our WR’s!!!

    • Brandon Ward

      Really don’t care about cap room lol

  • kc4life25

    I understand it from a cap standpoint but how do you not work out some sort of a trade for a pro bowl corner.

    • area

      Ineptitude

      • e_racer

        No one wanted him for the kind of money the Chiefs were paying him. Teams would not want to give up a trade or pick for a player making $7.5 M, in the final year of his contract.

        • mnelson52

          Wasn’t his final year.

          • e_racer

            True. He was due a huge amount this year, and next. The team saved $7.5 M this year and will save the same next season. Actually, his salary was more than $7.5 M for the next two years. I stand corrected.

  • area

    I hope he flips Dorsey and Sutton the bird on his way out! I’m steadily inching my way over to the “in Dorsey and Reid we don’t trust” side. Okay, I just made that group up, but it’s official now. Dorsey’s bad contract negotiations and Sutton’s ineptitude created a gigantic hole in the Chief’s defense. I’m starting to believe these two guys are inept.

    • Larry Devore

      maybe we can get reid and dorsey to call you before they make any moves. You’ve coached and GM’ed how many teams?

      • area

        Five, now get off my jock.

        • mnelson52

          I see why you’re not one anymore

    • mnelson52

      You have seen one year of the team they’re putting together, that went 11-5, and now without seeing what their second season will be, you already know they should go. That’s really giving them a fair shot…lmao

      • area

        You’re probably right, my homerism is causing me to make some crazy statements, and the f.o. deserves more than one year to prove itself. But after watching King Carl, Pioli, and now Dorsey do some crazy stuff my patience is thinning. Agree with me or not, we’re going to find out about this front office’s effectiveness sooner than later.

        • mnelson52

          I’m not sure what will happen this year, but I feel they are trying to build for the future and by the end of the third year, they will start being a dominant team for years to come. Dorsey does have us in position for around 11 picks in the draft. I also feel like with all the underclassmen that were in the draft this year that next year could be a weak class for drafting. That being said, I think we have enough picks to move up in the draft to get a top pick if they want.

  • area

    Now we get to look forward to 16 games of Chief/ Colts 4th quarter failure/comeback reenactments.

  • Chad Jensen

    We’ll take him in Denver!

    • area

      You’d be a fool not too

      • area

        But with your salary cap situation your line of credit is being re-evaluated

    • Michael Shaw

      Damn Donkey’s.

  • William EK

    I don’t enjoy it, it leaves a sour taste, but its necessary(oh how many innuendos I could follow that with). Cap space is necessary, we NEED to extend Houston and Smith far more than we need to keep Flowers. He was a great piece for our defense, but he was pretty pricey. We can’t trade for him, because the sole reason we are releasing him in the first place is to free up money. We have decent depth, they just really need to show up this season. Sean Smith and Cooper need to preform big, but I have a feeling with our bulked up pass rush, our secondary won’t have to cover for so long, making their job a little easier.

    • mnelson52

      Don’t forget we need to sign Hudson also. This is last year on his rookie contract.

  • Calchiefsfan

    Wow! Not really very happy about that. He was clearly our best d back.

    • Nicholas Abuhl

      Over berry? I disagree with that statement. Berry was scored by pff higher than all but 3 safeties over all. Pretty good in my book

      • Calchiefsfan

        No definitely not over Berry, my bad. Flowers was our best CB, imho. I hope one of the new guys can step up.

    • Larry Devore

      If he was our best vback, they would not have moved him into the slot

      • Calchiefsfan

        Probably the best fit at the slot of anyone the Chiefs had. I don’t believe that either Smith or Cooper are better than Flowers. It had to be a cap decision to allow them to to sign Alex Smith and Houston to extensions.

        • spencer

          He’s the best slot corner, the WORST outside corner however for this defensive scheme, to slow and small, he can’t play press due to him just getting beat over the top by speed or size…Slot corners are generally worth 2 mill a year, not 10, wouldn’t be surprised if we see Berry play a lot of it, and that the team is liking what they see from Cummings and company in the back

          Ron Parker, Cooper, Gaines, Sean Smith are all better outside corners for this team, athletically they can all actually play the position, Flowers can’t do that, he gave us huge problems when trying to utilize him as such, and slot corners simply put aren’t worth 10 mill, and potentially preventing us from getting a top 4 pass rushing OLB in Houston…

      • area

        Unless the other CBS on contract are too big or inexperienced to hang with slot wrs. BTW, flowers was on Bryant versus Dallas.

  • Priest4Prez

    What??!!!

  • Blaize Richardson

    I usually always try to stay optimistic and I really believe in Reid/Dorsey and I also don’t know all the other specifics of how things were shaking out and whether or not Flowers was happy here or not, but with all that said I really fail to see how this makes us a better football team this year. I get we need money for extensions, but I wish we could’ve found a way to at least keep him for this season.

    At the end of the day, his days were numbered anyway, so hopefully this will at least speed up the progress for his replacement (I’m really trying to find a way to be optimistic.). Brandon Flowers was a great Chiefs player and a bright spot for us for years. He will be missed.

  • Priest4Prez

    I doesn’t seem to me we have a replacement…are we throwing away this year? I remember all the talk of him being solid in the slot…I’m confused again. Why does this franchise always do confusing things hahaha

    • spencer

      slot corners should be paid 2 mill a yr, not 10+, he was paid probably 5X the amount he was valued, he wasn’t an outside corner in out system (too slow, too small), he needs to be in a tampa two system (Tony Dungy)…athletically he is very poor, and getting older already…he obviously didn’t look good or refused to make a transition to safety, of which could have allowed us to hide his physically disadvantages as a corner and maintain Berry in his tweener LB/SS position of last year…Now, I don’t think we have a slot corner nearly as good as him currently on the roster, HOWEVER, Berry may be seen in that position a lot now on…we have a lot of potential at safety right now, especially if Cummings is healthy allowing Berry to play like Charles Woodson in Greenbay…
      slot corner/safety/linebacker…here’s to hoping Berry stays healthy, I think this move is looking at his potential defending the slot more then Flowers just being way over paid.

      • A1 Yola

        They need EB in the Outfield now though! Unless they wanna get torched all season.

        • Spencer

          Cummings is just as fast and played corner in college, he coming into last season, before his injury was likened to that of an middle outfield in baseball, he plays that right….Berry will be put in the best position for the team, the worst position defensively as far as I see is at nickle…Flowers was our only nickle corner back…do you want to get torched by a Ty Hilton again??? Flowers was the only one that could even try to stop him, and when he got injured we got wrecked…Cooper, Parker, Gaines all have the body types of outside corners, IDK if either of them have the hip movement/burst to play the slot as effective…the Van Dykes, specifically the elder of the two looks like he is going to be lining up as a safety (using that 4.29 40)…Berry hasn’t been known as a great deep coverage safety ever, he was AMAZING against TE’s last year (chiefs had the best defense against opposing TE’s last year, mostly due to Berry) and he can work with Slot cbs just as easily IMO…he is used to lining up closer to the line of scrimmage…I see a TON of guys that have the potential to be great “outfielders” for the defense…only one guy that can keep the slot clear…we will get torched by yards after catch, not the deep ball

    • A1 Yola

      Because they wanna overpay Alex and Justin! Who’s to say Houston even accepts a contract from KC?! He could jump ship for a larger contract somewhere else!

  • Blaize Richardson

    It’s crazy we released Flowers, when our number 2 CB just got arrested for a DUI and is looking at a suspension. We don’t have anyone else on the roster with Flowers experience and versatility. This release hopefully will be a sign that Houston’s getting extended soon. I hope they didn’t release Flowers to start paying Alex Smith 20+ milllion a year.

    Again, I usually try to stay optimistic, but one can’t help, but notice some of the questionable decisions that Dorsey has made thus far at CB. Marcus Cooper turned out to be a real steal and a real gem, but we didn’t pick him up until pre-season roster cuts were made. Can you imagine how bad our secondary would’ve been at times, without his solid play early in the season? Dorsey didn’t put our secondary in the best position to succeed last year, we got lucky we found Cooper (Dorsey deserves credit for finding him don’t get me wrong, but he had no way of knowing for sure Cooper was going to be released).

    Also the decision to sign Dunta Robinson and give him the contract they did, seemed a little questionable at the time and seemed extremely questionable once he took the field. He clearly had seen better days by the time he became a Chief. Some of these things have to make you wonder about Dorsey’s handling of our secondary. Hopefully someone steps up in Flowers absence.

    • toperspective

      Other then secondary and offensive line, K.C. look good. :(

      • tm1946

        So is that good looking girl at the lake. Except she is a little heavy, has acne, pregnant….. oh, and she is a guy.

        • Blaize Richardson

          A pregnant guy?

          • tm1946

            beer gut? But this day and age, maybe.

          • Blaize Richardson

            You’ve never seen Junior? It’s only one of the all time greatest movies of all time.

  • Larry Devore

    Why would a team trade for him, when they could pick him up when the chiefs released him?

    • berttheclock

      That was the same argument used for Albert. But, there the Chiefs will end up picking up a comp pick.

    • mnelson52

      If they trade for him they know they have him. If he’s released, it’s a bidding war to get him.

  • berttheclock

    Ian Rappaport suggests Atlanta might be first in line for him. However, I am leaning to the Texans picking him up. The Colts are, also, interested in him.

    Yes, it will cut the cap with the dead money spread over two seasons, but, the price for this might prove to be very steep.

    • area

      Oh, so very ^^this^^.

  • berttheclock

    One thing this proves is signing large contracts only makes a splash in the news at the time of the signing in the NFL. Few of them are ever paid out fully.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Flowers is a very good corner, not great but really good. On the other hand Houston is a great LB, now in order to keep Houston and be able to resign Smith we are going to have to see some of our favorite players leave. If people don’t like this move then those same people are going to flip a lid next year when we cut Hali. It might suck at the moment but ask yourself which player you really want long term Flowers or Houston? You can’t have all of these top dollar probowl players year in and year out.

    • toperspective

      Usually you cut the expensive vets when you have replacements. The secondary was absolutely horrible last year and I don’t see any future pro bowlers ready to step in to replace Flowers.

      • Chris Tarrants

        That’s the thing that none of us really know. Who is gonna step in? They seem to know something that we don’t, we haven’t seen Commings or the new kid they drafted. We haven’t seen either of the Van dykes play either. They wouldn’t have cut him unless they knew something that we don’t. Sometimes we all get caught up in our own feelings and views but we are not privy to most of the info coming out of Arrowhead. Last year we all thought that Dorsey was nuts when he traded Javier Arenas to Arizona for Sherman after he just drafted a fullback, at the end of the season we had the best full back in the league. Let these guys do thier jobs for a few more years, they seem to know what they are doing even if it goes against what we all think about what they should do

        • Wes McDougal

          I agree and think the DB’s we have on board can step up and we will be fine. This move gives us the cap space we need

          • area

            Thing is…besides smith and cooper, and a journeyman in Owens, no onehas had 1 nNFL snap. Absolutely nothing is proven, especially with no pads on.

          • Wes McDougal

            Our pass rush is improved, and the safety’s as well. Both of those improvements will make the defence much better

          • area

            I’ll agree on the potential of the players, but it is exactly that, potential. Commings no snaps, dee ford ( who I believe will be great), zero snaps, cooper,?, Owens ?, Gaines?. My point is that we may well have traded a bird n hand for two in the bush. Our core players are not getting younger, it is irresponsible to neglect this.

          • mnelson52

            Have any of them played nickel?

  • sidibeke

    Not a good move but perhaps an unavoidable one. We are not better without him, but may be able to be better in the L-R (i.e., sign Houston and Smith while we can). We better get some pass rush or it could be a long season.

    • area

      Pass rush does zero good if the qb just throws it over their head for a 5 yard gain.

      • sidibeke

        That’s why you have the big corners to make sure the WRs don’t got off the line at the snap.

        • area

          I get your point, and it’s well stated, but big corners versus Welker , almendola, DMC, smith, do not stack up well…they cannot keep up.

          • sidibeke

            Agreed. We def need a guy to cover the slot. I don’t know that you can justify paying your slot WR cover guy what Flowers was due. That said, KC is NOT better with Brandon gone and I do not see from where his replacement will come. It could be a very big problem this season.

      • mnelson52

        So you’re saying the pass rush is a waste of time?

        • area

          Absolutely am not saying that, pass rush is one of the most important facets of the game. I was referring to the lack of verifiable cornerback talent.

  • gonzangkc1

    I’m back……
    Word from here in Denver – John Elway is speaking with B. Flowers agent. Amazing how Broncos find CAP money EVEN if they “work the system” like they did fro 1996-1998. Of course, they they got caught by the league for being above the cap BUT they won 2 back to back Superbowls and lost ONE DRAFT PICK. Small price to pay for back to back Superbowl titles.

    My beloved Chiefs – rebuilding since 1969 *sigh*

    • A1 Yola

      If that happens………

    • Calchiefsfan

      If Denver picks up Flowers I will be sick

      • tm1946

        Wish he the best, good player and if the Chiefs have no use for him, he does not have to commit hari kari for the fans.

  • Jim Wynne

    He didn’t fit our defense. Even though he made the pro bowl I really don’t know how. We’ll ok without him. Now we get down to real business and sign Justin Houston

    • spencer

      He made the pro bowl because he should have gotten it in 2012, but was on a god awful team and 2011…last year was the first time he didn’t deserve it

  • A1 Yola

    The Chiefs are porked for sure this season! They have 2 corners that like disappearing at times in SS and MC. I guess that’s why they moved EB, so He can help those guys out. What are they gonna do when they have to put EB in the Box to run-stop like last year?

  • Nick the Kick

    Feeling kind of like I got kicked in the nuts here. Unless Houston was gonna hold out or we are making a run @ specified offensive skill player thru trade, I don’t see why this couldn’t have waited till next year. The loss of Flowers makes us worse for 2014 and there is no way to spin that. And if this was just the beginning of what we are going to have to do because we are giving Alex Smith a fantasy land contract then the new brain trust losses a lot of the credibility they have with me.

    • A1 Yola

      They are scared shitless of Losing Alex Smith, even though there are numerous QB’s that can outplay Him for less money.

      • Wes McDougal

        Please name those QB’s

        • redchiefs

          I’ll bump that. Smith played lights out and I see him being even better this year.

          • Wes McDougal

            I agree! In the 2nd year of Reid’s offence they will all be improved. I also think ghe defence will be better

  • Tyleet Heggs

    Calm down chiefs nation, u are gonna love the van dykes!! We’re gonna have 7 solid DBs with great size,speed, and versatility!!

    • micah stephenson

      I love DVD on madden. I hope the new dvd is tall and fast too

  • toperspective

    Yikes. Maybe I’m missing something. Last year the secondary was horrible, so hey, why not release the best cornerback on the team.

  • berttheclock

    As much as many of us do like this development, it makes financial sense. Had Flowers reported to camp, he would have been paid a $2M bonus. In addition, Ian Rapoport reports Flowers told him he did not like playing the slot in Sutton’s defense. He really needs to go to a team with uses the Cover Two, where he can play outside. He does not fit what Sutton wants from his defense. So, while, we may grouse, this move makes a ton of sense for Flowers. With his $5 M salary, there were few teams willing to trade for him. Now, he can go elsewhere at less money, but, in a more favorable to him defensive scheme.

    It is what it is and so be it.

    • area

      Have to disagree, Dorsey failed to make a real plan with the team’s veterans and incoming players in regards to salary cap, this is on Dorsey, no one else. Meanwhile Sutton can not make use of a pro bowl cornerback in the correct way and screwed both the player, the team…and oh yeah..the casual fan. This is an organizational failure and with the shortsidedness of this team goes Dorsey/Sutton’s legacy.

      • Brandon Ward

        Bring back Pioli!!!

        • area

          At least we had cap room with pioli. BTW..pioli’s draft picks are contributing more than Dorsey’s at this time, but we’ll see how this plays out.

        • mnelson52

          Yes. I would love to be 2-14 again…lol

    • Stan Colbert

      Exactly!

  • Verdell Dean Lewis Jr.

    good he doesn’t fit our scheme he would be an over paid nickel back…

  • Verdell Dean Lewis Jr.

    wish him well tho..

  • area

    Adam Teacher put a good opinion on ESPN. To paraphrase: Smith is not a true number 1 (and might be in jail), Cooper fell off the map last year, Owens is 5-9 with less talent than bflow, parker keeps getting beat out by aforementioned players, Gaines is a rookie with good hips and bad hands. The winds are not blowing favorably for the Chief’s unless they have a HUGE free agent signing, and that of course requires money which the Chief’s still do not have. This may prove to be a day of infamy for K.C.

    • mnelson52

      An improvement at pass rush will help our secondaries a lot. They will not have to cover as long.

  • jimfromkcj

    Just yesterday I made a comment that I would almost wager that before this season is out the fans will be calling for a change in management of the chiefs. This is just another misfire on the mismanagement of the chiefs. I can fully understand why the chiefs wanted to part company with flowers, He was grossly overpaid. But to see him walk without getting anything for him is downright criminal. Damned good that I don’t own this team. If I did there would be a column of people leaving Arrowhead with Dorsey and Reid leading the way.

    • KCMikeG

      We will at least get a provisional pick next year won’t we? Looks like Dorsey is loading up on picks for next year.

      • jimfromkcj

        For one thing, I read somewhere that we won’t get a provisional pick because he was released while still under contract Another thing to think about is that so many under classmen came out this year that next year may be a weak class for quality players. Mike, these guys just keep making boo boos. I just wish we would quit hiring these guys, Pioli and Dorsey who have never been a GM and expecting them to learn on the job. Terrible price we have to pay. We found out that Bill made the decisions in Bean town and now we find that the GM made the decisions in Green Bay. Pioli and Dorsey seems to me the guys who kept the coffee hot.

        • berttheclock

          Baloney! jim, Al Saunders is never never never coming back. Marty is never never never going to come back. Give it a rest. To place Dorsey and Pioli in the same category is absolute bull pucky.

      • berttheclock

        No.

      • area

        No provisional pick due to bflow being released, not traded.

    • CSconce

      No team would give us a pick for flowers because of his huge contract they would have had to take on…releasing him was the only option we had.

      • jimfromkcj

        couldn’t we have agreed to pay part of his salary in order to get a 2nd or 3rd rd pick for him. anyway we are stuck with the guaranteed part of his contract anyway.

  • KCMikeG

    I am trying hard to believe in R&D but now have questions and concerns. The most critical two questions are:

    Why grossly over pay Bowe? This IMO will be the worst decision in Dorsey’s tenure.

    Why release Albert for nothing (had a 3rd round pick from the Fins) after forcing Fisher to play out of position his rookie year?

    Concerns –
    Major – Let Flowers go for nothing with Smith fresh from the drunk tank and a completely unproven stable of CB’s.

    Minor – Not drafting a WR early but this is becoming a lesser concern for me as a in shape Bowe, a healthy Avery, a developing Hemingway & AJJ along with DAT, Dressler and another stable of young, fast WR’s is what R&D believe in for our future. The talent level at TE and its importance in Reid’s WCO also alleviate my concerns. The frosting is the way AS11 lead them to scoring over 32 points a game on the back side of the season.

    I’m hoping R&D know more than all us “experts” regarding our needs at OL. CB and WR positions.

  • Ed

    Now let’s cut Bowe. We paid him too much and since he got paid he has not been motivated. Smith should not get more than 12 million. If he won’t sign, then play him one more year under his contract and get Bray or Murray ready. Lock up Houston now and finally D Ford will be a beast. Micah, your take on Flowers cut?

    • area

      See? That’s what I’m talking about right there. Mortgage tomorrow’s future for the hopes of today.

      • mnelson52

        I think they mortgage this year for the future.

        • area

          But they did not have to is what infuriates me. I just don’t see how our secondary improved with the release of 24. Pass rush, blah blah blah, when your vaunted pass rush gets the ball thrown over their collectively rushing heads for 5 yard stints every time it becomes futile.

  • Justin Gomer

    Time to see what you can do phillip gaines

  • tm1946

    Can we now say the Dorsey rebuild is in full swing? Got to have wished it started last year, all the promise of the 2013 year, seems a bit of a waste.

    • area

      I only see a three year shift, this “rebuild” was unnecessary, the roster needed fine tuned as was done last year, not gutted.

  • Bill

    wow! Unless i’m missing something, this seems like a moronic move. I’d like to see an explanation of how the financials work out with this cut. I agree with those that say he was overpaid based on his performance the last couple years, but I don’t see how cutting him at this point buys the Chiefs anything. Unless i’m mistaken he is still going to count like $3 – 4 mil against KCs cap because of his contract. So they would rather pay him $3- 4 mil not to play then $6 to play? Not like they’re going to sign anyone good for that $2 mil this time of year. What am i missing?

  • e_racer

    It was crazy that Brandon Flowers went to the pro bowl last year. He was not good. He had his moments, but on a whole, he was burned a lot. He had a much better year in 2012.

    Flowers would have become a FA in 2015. He does not fit the mold for the current defense in KC. Flowers got a lot out of his ability for the Chiefs. He had great anticipation, and played much bigger than his size. Still, in Flowers, you have a second round db with average speed, and inferior size. You cannot pay a nickel back $7.5 M. He is just not worth that kind of money.

    Houston, and Smith need to be locked up. Smith is clearly the best QB on the team, and perhaps the best QB for KC since Green. The Chiefs need to avoid a drawn out negotiation. It would seem Alex Smith is not worthy of the kind of contract granted Kaepernick recently. However, what seems is not always what is. Statistically, Alex Smith performed better for his team than Kaepernick for his team. Smith had better stats, and there is no denying that the change at the QB spot made the most impact on this team last season. Second, Kaepernick’s contract isn’t all it is touted out to be. The 49ers have a lot of dead money this year with Kaepernick, but after 2014, the penalty to part ways is manageable. Houston was on a path to make NFL history before getting hurt. He is good, and deserves to be paid. Had Justin Houston used better judgement, he would have been a high first round selection, and been playing for some other team right now. He is worth the money, and the Chiefs would be wise to get a deal done sooner than later.

    The Chiefs created an additional $7.5 M by releasing Flowers. The 49ers Cap hit for Kaepernick in 2014 is $3,767,444. Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, Dwight Freeney, and Ahmad Brooks signed deals with first year cap numbers that would fit with the remaining balance saved.

  • Jamie Denton

    My thoughts on this are like this: Dorsey feels if he can solidify the defensive front that was injured last year, then we will get more pressure on the QB more often and this will allow for a less than stellar Defensive backfield. And by solidifying A.Smith’s contract that buys us some extra time to work up one of the younger QB’s.