We are three days removed from the Kansas City Chiefs decision to cut Brandon Flowers, so it is time – with a clear head – to determine whether or not it was the right decision.
The pros for cutting Flowers are pretty clear-cut. Flowers removal opens up $7 million in cap space for both 2014 and 2015, and clears a full $9.5 million in 2016. This open cap space should help the Chiefs sign some of their key free agents that will be pending in 2014 and 2015. The names include Justin Houston, Alex Smith, Rodney Hudson, and Eric Berry.
There are also arguments to be made that Flowers is not a great fit for the system the Chiefs run. Flowers was drafted to a cover two cornerback and is undersized for the role the Chiefs needed Flowers to play. However, there was a fit for Flowers as a slot corner that would have been extremely valuable for the Chiefs.
Releasing Flowers does create some significant question marks in the secondary. There was not doubt, even with the questionable fit, Flowers was the most talented and accomplished cornerback on the team. He was one of the few Chiefs defensive backs to earn a positive grade from Pro Football Focus in Kansas City’s loss to Indianapolis in the playoffs. In fact, the Chiefs were leading 38-10 before he left the game with a concussion.
Three-fifths of the Chiefs projected cornerbacks – Marcus Cooper, Ron Parker, and Phillip Gaines – have a combined four seasons of experience, with Parker owning three of them. Parker only has one career start in those three seasons and has played for four different teams. Chris Owens, who it is assumed will be the Chiefs nickel cornerback, was cut by the Browns mid-season in 2013.
So, Addicts, do you agree with the decision to cut Flowers?