Dec 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) returns a fumble for sixty four yards in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

So Long, Brandon Flowers

O powerful western fallen star!
O shades of night—O moody, tearful night!
O great star disappear’d—O the black murk that hides the star!
O cruel hands that hold me powerless—O helpless soul of me!
O harsh surrounding cloud that will not free my soul.

- Walt Whitman, When The Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

It was the 14th hour of the year of our lord, Lamar Hunt, when the sheers cut down the great defender.

Brandon Flowers, he of the bloom of the 2008 NFL Draft, was purged from the Chiefs in favor of new seedlings who took less soil  from the cap. He was our Flowers, our beautiful Flowers, and nigh he is gone. Left to wilt in the sun of free agency, only to return as a weed in the garden of competition.

The fruits of Flowers: 17 interceptions, three touchdowns, three finishes as a top 10 PFF cornerback, two sacks, one Pro Bowl.

Let us remember Flowers and his fallen brethren from the 2008 NFL Draft.

Glenn Dorsey

Branden Albert

Brandon Carr

Joining in the fabled garden of Chiefs history. So long, Brandon Flowers: I’m glad I was not allergic to you.


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  • Patrick Allen

    such a bummer.

    • berttheclock

      Hey, thanks for cutting your long weekend in the Hamptons short by posting Friday.

  • scomstock55

    all good except for the corny song…lol…I will miss him but I look forward to the young blood…..I am so ready for some football

    • Ben Nielsen

      Football needs to be here now.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Sucks when one of your own has to go this way, but it was necessary.

    • Ben Nielsen

      I refuse to believe it was necessary, mostly because I’m being bitter.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Sadly, this is the cost of having such a densely talented team.

        • tm1946

          densely talented – your attempt at humor, right.
          More likely money invested in wrong players for this current administration. Oddly does not seem to bite teams like Oakland, Denver, or Atlanta all that often.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I must’ve missed the joke. This team had ten Pro Bowlers last year.

            As for Denver: there will be a fire sale VERY soon.

            As for Oakland: see the 2013 offseason. They lost Phillip Wheeler, Richard Seymour, Michael Huff, Shane Lechler, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Tommy Kelly. ALL due to contract situations. Carson Palmer’s name could actually go on that list as well. He was traded because he wouldn’t take a pay cut.

            As for Atlanta: Harvey Dahl (2011), Curtis Lofton (2012), and Michael Turner, Tyson Clabo, Todd McClure, John Abraham, Vance Walker, Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson (2013).

          • berttheclock

            HIgh financial extensions did in the Raiders. Most of them had to be cut loose. You mention Atlanta, a team which was allowed to grow old in the tooth with pricey contracts.

  • Angry Tim

    Starting to copy the Royals? Let good players go, replace with nothing. Worst offseason since I’ve followed the Chiefs

    • tm1946

      Actually not as bad as during the Pioli years, like drowning in jello. could look around but kept sinking.
      During this year and the next two think we will have to adjust to the loss of most of the current favorite players, they will be just too expensive or old for the next great version of the Chiefs. Hali, for sure, maybe DJ, Hudson, trade Charles, Bowe walks for nothing, even Houston if the money is nuts, also Alex Smith and all the band aids. Name one and will be trade bait or free agents is more likely than singing them to big contracts.

  • Adam Cox

    Should have been a Killers song as the lead singer is also named Brandon Flowers.

    • Ben Nielsen

      That was the second option. It lost out to Seal.

  • berttheclock

    Unfortunately, as a long time gardener, one learns that far too often a shovel has to be used.

    However, blame this on the downside of the new CBA agreement. Yes, the agreement works very well for the rookie contracts, but, it really frays on the first extensions of productive players. Lots of splashy glitzy long term signings, but, few of those will ever be completed. The aging process sets in and with the cap, many teams have no choice but to cut the contracts and start anew. Just look at the cut by the Lions the same day Flowers was cut. They cut a CB of whom they gave a $25 M contract with a very good guarantee just one year ago. They had to cut him due to an injury problem and the fact they didn’t have enough money to pay their Number One draft pick.

  • berttheclock

    Ah, Ben, using a part of Whitman’s elegy to the death of Lincoln and placing it with the loss many of us feel for the departure of Flowers. My respect has really grown for your work.