Three Winners From Brandon Flowers Being Released

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January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Rice quarterback Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs (11) shakes hands with alumni captain Jerry Rice (right) during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There are plenty of reasons to argue why the release of Brandon Flowers was a bad thing for the Kansas City Chiefs. We will certainly be discussing those things over the course of the next few days after we get a little more information from the Chiefs about what their plans are for life after Flowers.

What we do know is that Flowers’ release has created some opportunities for other players both on and off the field. Here are the three players who will benefit from Flowers being cut the most.


Alex Smith is about to get paid, and it’s probably going to be by the Chiefs.

The release of Flowers opened up $7.5 million in cap space for the Chiefs this season, another $7.5 million next season, and $9.75 million in 2016. It may be safe to go ahead and assume all of the space opened up by Flowers is going to go into Alex Smith over the course of the next three seasons.

Reports have Smith asking for something around the ballpark of what Tony Romo and Jay Cutler received in their extensions last season, which would put a total value on Smith’s contract demands somewhere north of $100 million. With Flowers off the books the Chiefs can now front load Smith’s cap hit starting in 2014 to allow them more flexibility to sign players like Justin Houston, Rodney Hudson, Eric Berry, and Dontari Poe over the next two off-seasons.

One would assumed Smith new contract – and we’re assuming this happens with the Chiefs now – would include a restructure of his $8 million deal this season to include a $1 million salary and a boatload of his signing bonus. Structuring the contract this way would allow the Chiefs to reduce Smith’s cap hit over the next few seasons and put them in a position to cut ties with Smith should they find a young quarterback they like all while give Smith something close to his contract demands.

Get used to Smith being the Chiefs starting quarterback because it is pretty much assured he’s going to be here a while with Flowers being released.

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  • Andy

    I trust Reid and Dorsey, I trust Reid and Dorsey, I trust Reid and Dorsey…
    My past posts were that we were not rebuilding, but were going to take a step or two back this year because we are building and getting the right 53 and of course our brutal schedule. I believe Reid and Dorsey are setting us up to be winners for year’s to come. That is what they have done in the past.
    There will be growing pains with this young DB field, especially the early Denver game.

    • Johnny

      The Broncos may have killed our DB’s last year, but watching the games, eventually it will be our DB’s that kill Manning. Figuring out quarterbacks takes more time than them figuring out DB’s.

      • Andy

        I have come to the realization (because I live in Realville) that Manning is, without a doubt, one of the best ever. He could be good in any era. I cannot think of any player that can automatically make you a playoff team. He makes his players better. (Michael Jordon comes close) His iq of the game is unmatched. I hate the Broncos, so I will deny ever making these statements.
        The Broncos are toast if manning gets hurt or retires, can’t wait.

  • steve james

    Painful but necessary. It will hurt if he signs with the Donkey’s. If you check their world they all almost unanimously want him. They are screaming for Elway to sign him.I hope they do with a 40-50 million dollar contract. Let them seal their fate by getting in the Raider territory of cap Hell.

    • Josh Rose

      I agree i hope they do bc once Manning and Rivers get to old to be good and compound that with cap issues the AFC West will be the Chiefs for a long time

      • Andy

        I agree. Looks like the raiders, chief’s rivalry will mean something again.

    • jimfromkcj

      I see no chance for the Broncos signing Flowers. They already have one of the best, if not the best slot CB in the league, Harris, who can also play on the outside very well.

      • Kisersosay

        Who is the Harris you speak of…..:)

        • jimfromkcj

          Chris Harris is a CB for the Broncos and many including myself think he was the best CB on the team last year and they had Champ and Cromartie. Here is his stats:
          Defensive Stats
          Year Team G TotalTk l Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
          2011Denver Broncos16 7262.010011515.0150 6
          2012Denver Broncos15 6151.0102.5314448.0982 9
          2013Denver Broncos16 6558.070310.310 14
          TOTAL 47198171.0272.5716022.9982 29

          Sorry this didn’t paste very good. But Harris played well at both outside and slot.

          • Kisersosay

            You must have missed my sarcasm on Harris’s tweet….

  • Josh Rose

    I trust Dorsey and Reid as well but i believe our defensive front 7 being able to get pressure and stop the run will help our DB’S out a ton. With them being bigger and faster they can jam WR’s and catch up if they do get beat. Assuming the front 7 can get pressure within 4 seconds then our DB’S will do their jobs and our defense will be one of the best

    • Johnny

      Easier said than done, but I wouldn’t want any other team out there than exactly who we’ve got. I love the Gaines pickup as much as I loved the Flowers pickup. He is already replacing Flowers in my optimistic mind.

  • mnelson52

    Someone else who will benefit from Flowers release is which ever team picks him up.

  • Calchiefsfan

    A couple of things come to mind besides the obvious need for money to sign Smith and Houston to extensions, (which the payoffs could have been deferred to next year). The first thing is that I wonder if the Chiefs were trying to trade him but because of his salary there were no takers. The Chiefs probably tried to renegotiate with Flowers as well but his agent felt that he could get more on the open market. Could Dorsey be thinking of clearing some cap space for possible free agent signings when players are released? We know Flowers is good but not a good fit for Sutton’s system. Will other teams going through similar transitions be releasing quality WRs, guards or left tackles that now don’t fit in their systems?

    I still don’t like the move but I’m trying to look at the positive side of this.

    • Johnny

      The positive is in the opening roster spot as the writer explains when you read through this entire article. I’ve been thinking about other teams releasing players that the Chiefs could pick up as well. But believe me, the Chiefs have the guys they need. There is competition at all positions. Our youth eventually shines. Especially on special teams. Cooper and Gaines are our new Flowers and Dunta Robinson, get used to them. Abdullah and Berry will thrive this year. Give Commings his shot and he will prevail.

  • Edmond Dantes

    I know he was our best corner but even if he signed within the division its not like we let go of a shutdown corner. He was burned just as often if not more than all our other Dbs.He isnt fast enough to stick Avery and he has no chance against Bowe or Hemingway because of his height. Dessler I know nothing about but Flowers hasn’t been at OTA’s to stick him either so right now its an even matchup. Unfortunately it was a necessary move just like McCluster not being resigned. Look at all the chiefs who were let go. Were any of them elite players? No and the one who was closest was Albert and he was the model of inconsistency. Not Bad but not Great either. Somewhere in the middle and if im paying you 8-10 mill you better be great. Flowers signing somewhere close scares me not. He is a good corner but that’s it. Would I rather have Albert Flowers and McCluster or Smith and Houston? The Chiefs answered the question correctly in my opinion

  • Randall Miller

    None of us have forgotten about Hudson, we know what is on the horizon. Thanks to PEE-oli we could not trade Flowers which is a bloody shame. Tough cuts need to be made, and there will be more. But with Alex, Justin and Rodney these 3 are paramount and will get done. Have faith in who is leading this front office!

  • berttheclock

    What really makes sense is Hudson as this will be his second season. Having been injured early on, he was just beginning to learn the responsibilities of a NFL center in last season’s training camp. He really was thrown into a massive OJT position in calling out blocking assignments for the O-line. Now, he has had a full season behind him and should be far better this coming season.

    Great mentioning the work and talent of Sorenson. The only thing you did not mention is he could be used as a backup punter, if needed.

    However, one question. Should the toe of the CB just cut in Detroit and given a injury settlement suddenly heal by next month, should Dorsey bring him to camp? He was really cut in order for the Lions to sign Ebron. His play fell off last year, but, he had injury problems.

  • berttheclock

    One throwout question for the fans. Why would you want to force any player to play a position he has stated he wants no part of playing? Flowers, for whatever reason did not want to play the nickle and he no longer fit playing the outside in a Sutton system. This is not the days of Jonah Wilkerson and his bull whip. What would the Chiefs have gained by forcing Flowers to play nickle?

  • Hawthorne

    Flowers had great years in KC no need to diminish that. We needed the cap space cutting him cleared. In this system he was probably only worth 5 mil a year. Dorsey made the right decision. Time for our young DBs to step up.

  • area

    Thing is.. if Flowers was our best corner and yet the f.o. let him go…where does this leave the remainder of the team? I’m claiming the “peter principle” on this f.o. until it proves itself. So far all we have seen are knee jerk reactions, besides Bowie’s rediculous contract nothing has been done long term or set as a definitive long term goal or vision.

    • ChiefTucson

      lack of oxygen is effecting your brain – go outside and get some fresh air…

      • area

        Oh, bite me.

        • berttheclock

          When your supposedly “best” corner does not want to play nickle for you and he has proven he can’t play outside in Sutton’s system and you would have to pay a malcontent a $2 M bonus if he shows up for camp and you still have to pay for his Pioli contract which no other team wants any part of, why would you keep him?

          In the past two drafts, Dorsey has added the future for the Chiefs. I suggest you go back to read about the 2010 Seahawks just after Schneider and Carroll took over. It became a whirling dervish of trading Seahawk players for draft choices. In their first draft, they only had one draft pick that was not part of a trade. In fact, they were very fortunate to have a bonehead draft pick from Denver, who the year before had traded up with the Seahawks and took Alphonso Smith, who turned out to be a dud, but, they gave up a 2010 first round pick, which Schneider used to take Earl Thomas. The rest of the picks included trading a starting guard to Detroit for a fifth round pick which they used to take Kan Chancellor. They really blew up the team and ended up going 7-9 and winning their division and one play off game. Often, in order to move forward, you have to let go of the past in the NFL. Look at Atlanta where Dimitroff decided to sit chilly with his older players and the team became the old and slow. I believe in the Belichick system of better to release early than too late.

          • area

            Yet Seattle did not remotely showcase the same level of talent that the Chief’s could boast of. Seattle was in full blown restructure mode, KC I did not believe to be, hey, I’ve been wrong before and will be again. I’m horrible at elelaborating and excellent at coming off as an ass . My point to everything that I have failed miserably to convey is that KC once again failed to grow AND maintain it’s own talent. The current front office has shown nothing so far in it’s youthful occupancy that elevates itself beyond past failed front office teams, neither in drafting nor retention.

          • berttheclock

            I agree that Seattle did not have the same talent and their players being cheaper were easier to trade for picks. However, my point is their efforts to get younger and cheaper paid off in 4 years by winning the SB. With the new CBA it is imperative to stay younger and cheaper. One of the problems with the new agreement is the first extension of proven talent. Yes, they came in cheap, but that first extension can prove very costly. Most of them will never see the entire contract paid off. Look at Chris Houston who signed a $25 M deal with the Lions a year ago. He was just cut in order for the Lions to have the money to sign Ebron.

            However, there is a huge difference between Dorsey and Pioli. Pioli was intellectually lazy and would not do the needed scouting to pick up gems in the lower rounds. Green Bay, Scott McCloughan when he was with the Niners and the Seahawks, Trent Baalke and John Schneider have proven to be masters at finding gems in the lower rounds and undrafted free agency, which means they can load the bottom part of their respective rosters with talent at far less money paid out. Dorsey fits this pattern. Pioli fell asleep after the first three rounds. Case in point is the troll poster, Chris Harris, of whom Pioli let drift west to Denver without bringing him into the Chiers training camp. Pioli did little homework on finding talent. Dorsey never appears to sleep in his search for players.

          • area

            I have little doubt to Dorsey’s greater prowess of digging the trenches than pioli’s, Dorsey appears to work much harder. As to date, though, Dorsey has proved much more adept at searching for talent than managing contracts. Basically I’m saying I hope Dorsey has not bitten off more than he can chew. You see people get promoted to beyond their abilities everyday, maybe, just maybe, Dorsey’s calling is talent acquisition and not contract negotiations.

          • Kisersosay

            Bert you are a walking “wiki”….I am amazed at your recall….

    • Kisersosay

      Knee jerk reactions are coming from the fans….I see calculated moves by Dorsey not “knee jerk reactions”. In this day and age of NFL record contracts a players time with the team is essentially shortened by the structure of the back end of the contract that will never be paid in most instances. All it does is inflate the hype around how big a contract a player received. In most cases it is not anywhere near as big a contract as structured. The front office can then draft, trade, or develop a replacement a couple of years ahead of the actual need. That is calculated ….not “knee jerk”.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Phillip Gaines will also benefit from Flowers departure. Sean Smith could be facing a suspension to start the season. Gaines could find himself out on the field, in a pretty big capacity, early in the year.

    • steve james

      First time I don’t see a suspension. It would be out of the ordinary if they do.

      • berttheclock

        I am still waiting and waiting and waiting for the Robert Irsay suspension

  • e_racer

    Sean Smith will be a June 1 cut in 2015. That will help the Chiefs with their cap problems next year. The Chiefs will restructure Alex Smith. They can save a little on the cap this year by getting the deal done now. They will add to the cap in 2015, so there will need to be further moves to save money. I think the Chiefs will ask Bowe to restructure his contract next year. The savings from releasing Flowers will likely go to paying Justin Houston. I expect the Chiefs to look to adding an additional veteran cb this year, and draft another next spring. The Chiefs can free up additional cap money by either restructuring Hali or releasing him in 2015.

  • Roger Mihalko

    Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, Ron Parker, Philip Gaines, Eric Berry, Sanders Commings, Husain Abdullah, Daniel Sorensen, David Van Dyke, DeMarcus Van Dyke, vernon kearney

    I would keep the above…..Owens doesn’t fit any more than flowers does.

    • berttheclock

      When they picked Owens, I thought he was only going to be an injury backup acquisition and never a starter. I read about his being one of those training camp wonders who tended to disappear as the season wore on.

      • micah stephenson

        In otas owens has been playing nickel back. A report on owens said, he a ok 4 or 5 cb. The more he was asked to do, the worse he looked.

        • berttheclock

          Thanks, micah

    • berttheclock

      What if Chris Houston’s toe suddenly heals. Would Dorsey try to sign him?

  • berttheclock

    One shoutout to the excellent staff of AA. Even Paylor at the Star. No, I don’t read A Pride very often, but, they do have fine folks, as well. Considering Flowers is available to other teams and the Texans have been mentioned by many as being very much in the mix, one would suppose the Houston Chronicle and Fan sided of the Texans would have discussions up concerning picking him up. Nada. No mention at either one of them. They only have the sports hernia operation of Clowney up.

    We in the great Chiefs nation are very fortunate to have the talent at AA. Just thank Paddy for leaving his fun times in the Hamptons to step in for Ben and pick up the release story. Perhaps he was typing next to the pool, but, he delivered.

  • cyberry

    Flower’s just didn’t fit the mold of the Defense the Chief’s are building. Even with the talent, the pay he was making was stopping the Chiefs from moving forward. I’m sure he was asked to make a pay cut or he wouldn’t have held out of camp. So weighing out the options, going forward seemed like the best option to the team. Getting Justin Houston signed up long term is way more important for the future of this team.. Houston, Berry and Poe must be on this at least for the next 4 or 5 years to become a successful defense. I’m hoping Ford, Commings and Gaines can become pieces to that team..