November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Flowers Signs One-Year Deal With San Diego Chargers


Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers has signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers, according to reports.

So Flowers will stay in the division for at least one more season and help out the Chargers struggling secondary. That’s exciting.

Even with the crappy year in 2013 where injuries and scheme slowed Flowers down significantly, Flowers still ranks in the top five of Pro Football Focus’ coverage grade since 2009. He was one of the few secondary players to have a positive grade in the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts and made his first Pro Bowl this past season. For one year, San Diego has a real nice piece to help develop their first round pick, cornerback Jason Verrett.

All in all, the deal makes sense for both sides, especially since Flowers will hit the open market next March at the age of 29 and with presumably more value than he would have had this past spring.

You’re welcome, I guess.

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  • Priest4Prez

    We deserve this…always always happens

  • trinity

    Well, That was anti-climatic. What happened to pursuing a ring? This guy was cut by the 2nd best team in the AFC west. He decided to drop a spot to the 3rd best team in the AFC west. The chargers crawled into the playoffs last season, and had an unremarkable off-season. They’re led by a poor man’s tony romo, and he’s still stuck behind Peyton Manning. Weren’t the ravens, falcons, colts, and Steelers interested in this guy? Bad decision.

    • tonyloc1970 .

      BOLT UP BABY! Can’t wait to beat the Cheifs twice this year too. Maybe this year you’ll keep your starters in that way all the NFL won’t hear you guy wine about why you lost.

      • trinity

        For one, the chiefs aren’t my favorite team, so whatever. Second, you’re gonna beat the chiefs twice this year? Tell me. Are you going to beat the Denver Broncos twice this year as well? Hahahahaha!

        • ben

          If chiefs are not your team then troll elsewhere

        • A1 Yola

          They beat them once last year at Denver. Decisively.

          • trinity

            But lost twice to them, including in the playoffs, so who cares? The chargers are only the 3rd best team in that division.

      • Andy

        Wow, such high standards you have set.

      • dallas

        And this is comming from the same team that loves to give up running backs!! At least when we get beat we know it…understand it and move on…When sparklers get beat up on Phillis rivers cries an whines. ..an even the radio stations in SD talk about the loss for weeks. Hope you all enjoyed slidin by last year this year it’s gonna be a different outcome!!

      • berttheclock

        Wow, I remember the days of yore when students in California were taught how to spell.

        • Calchiefsfan

          That was a long time ago Bert. Now they are taught about kinky sex and drugs.

      • Blaize Richardson

        Dude the Chiefs beat the Chargers with their backups in a game that meant nothing to them and everything to the Chargers. I don’t care what the score books say everyone watching that game, with the exception of the refs no who really deserved that win. So yeah, you guys got better congrats, but you’re still the 3rd best team in the division.

        • Brett M

          Make the Chip-Shot of a Field Goal and all this isn’t even a conversation…

          • Blaize Richardson

            The Chiefs play their starters and this also isn’t even a conversation. The backups completely outplayed and outclassed San Diego’s starters in a game that didn’t mean much to the Chiefs and meant everything to the Chargers.

    • Brett M

      Unremarkable off-season? Didn’t the Chargers go farther than the Chiefs? I remember the Chiefs losing to a beatable Colts team and the Chargers beating an undefeated-at-home Bengals team. Chiefs were obviously the better regular season team last year, but come on…

      • trinity

        You sort of brought up 2 unrelated things there. I said the chiefs had an unremarkable offseason. As in, they didn’t wow me in the draft and didn’t do anything in free agency. You pointed out thier playoff victory against that choker Andy Dalton. Two different things. You just said it yourself. The chiefs were the better regular season team. Well, i agree with you :).

        • berttheclock

          I wonder if the Bolts are going to have a special ceremony to award the 12th Man jerseys to the supposedly NFL group of refs who worked the Chiefs game. The Steelers would appreciate that very much, also.

          • trinity

            I agree, that was a lucky break for the chargers. They lucked up big time and got to crawl into the postseason. Yet thier fans talk as if they’ve done something other than fail for the entire Philip Rivers era. It’s why I think chargers fans are the most delusional in the whole league. The chiefs will be better than them again this season.

          • Brett M

            Come out of the closet trinity… With your hate and obsession with Philip Rivers I think you’re really Eli Manning behind that computer screen

          • trinity

            ……this is why you guys are impossible to take seriously. Use your head and think. As hard as that may be. Why in the world would Eli Manning hate Philip Rivers? Dude, if anything it would be the other way around! Eli didn’t want to play for you guys, so he went to New York and won two rings, beating out one of the best quarterbacks ever TWICE. meanwhile, San Diego settled for rivers, and in that span he has a bunch of worthless stats, ZERO RINGS, and consistent underacheviement. Period. Eli has done twice what Philip has never done and will never do. Especially considering Philip’s penchant for whining, HE is the one feeling the heat. Oh but Eli is somehow threatened by him even though he’s accomplished more right? Hahahahahaha you are delusional man :D. Philip Rivers probably means less than nothing to Eli manning lol.

          • Brett M

            Is that why New Yorkers were calling for Eli’s fat head last year? Because he was playing so well? Do you really think the Giants beat the Pats in the SB’s because Eli is better than Brady? If you gauge a quarterbacks talent by how many rings he has I guess Eli is better than his brother Peyton…you’re funny

          • trinity

            You missed my point. I’m not saying Eli is better than Peyton or Brady. What I’m doing is acknowledging that Peyton, Brady, Eli, rothliesberger, Rogers, and Brees are something that Rivers and Romo are not, and likely will never be. Winners. On that note, I’ve said all that needs to be said to you. Take care.

      • Deadmeat

        Got a good chuckle out of this. Only reason you made it to the playoffs is why? 2 botched calls by the refs against our second string, which the refs admitted. Such a weak fan base.

        • Brett M

          Yea I had a pretty good chuckle out of the weak showing from the chiefs in the first round. Yea we got lucky getting in- but we proved we belonged making it to the second round, how bout you? Maybe your second string might have played better against the colts
          You guys rip a guy who was cast off the team, yet the guy running your org was cast off from philly for never getting it done. I’ll take our position over yours

          • Deadmeat

            Huh? We earned our spot. Did you? Colts are by far a better team than you played. You want everyone’s hand me down clothes and act like you bought them. Then so be it, welfare baby. Wanting handouts and never earning it….lol. Got beat by our second string and bragging about it. Hahahahaha. When you earn it, then come brag.

          • Brett M

            Lol yea you earned your spot alright- your spot on the couch watching us play in the second round. BTW, do your homework- Cincy was 3 seed, Indy was 4 seed. Indy won a joke division, Cincy won the AFC north. Try again

          • A1 Yola

            The AFC South is a Crap Division!!! So true!

          • trinity

            What is there for you to brag about? Lol you were on the couch a week later after Denver beat you! Lol I can’t believe you just bragged about playing in a game that you didn’t even fucking win. Hahahahaha. Only San Diego chargers fans lol.

          • Brett M

            First of all, I wasn’t bragging about our achievements- I was defending my team, going back to your first comment. Maybe you don’t know how it works… It becomes increasingly difficult every round of the playoffs, therefore making it to the second round is something to be proud of with a first year coach- and something to build on. Remember- your Saints fucking lost in the second round too

    • ben

      Poor mans tony romo? U sir are a idiot!!!

      • trinity

        Lol of course you think I’m an idiot. You’re a chargers fan, so you’re delusional. Well, here’s a dose of reality for you. Philip Rivers is a vet of just about 11 year. In this decade plus, he has proven himself to be nothing but a talented loser. Period. Like Romo, he puts up nice stats, and has absolutely ZERO to show for it. He has a penchant for throwing the ball to the other team at the worst possible moments, and his postseason performances (when he gets there, that it) have mostly been average. Despite his talent, he hasn’t led the chargers anywhere. He hasn’t won shit and he will never win shit. Have fun watching him gag his way to 9 wins and 3rd place in the division. Lol his customary crybaby act will at least make underachieving entertaining.

        • ben

          Actually I am a long time season ticket holder at arrowhead. Rivers is better than Romo

          • trinity

            I think him and romo are in the same boat. Older QBs, nice numbers, zero rings, mistake makers who cough it up at the worst moments. I don’t like Alex Smith, but I don’t like either Romo or rivers either. So I don’t have an opinion on whether you’re right or wrong taking him over Alex. I just think he’s overrated.

        • Andy

          I use to watch’dragnet’ and loved Joe Friday’s quote ‘just the facts ma’am.’ Wish some of these posts did the same. Romo and rivers are about the same, pretty good. Just can’t win the big games. Here is the list.
          http://www.footballperspective.com/the-greatest-qb-of-all-time-v-part-ii-career-rankings/

          • trinity

            Thank you for sending that. Reading it was awesome. It really was just the facts, and thought out extremely well. Manning is so dominant. And I was glad to see Brees. I was shocked that Elway was so low, but like you said. It was just the facts :).

          • Andy

            How about Romo higher than aikman.?
            I think manning is the only player in nfl history that can immediately make you a playoff team. His IQ is of the charts and he makes everyone around him better. Jordon is possibly the only other player that can do that.

          • trinity

            I have to agree that manning is on a level all his own. As for Romo, it was a surprise to see him there. Then again, the problem with him never seems physical. Just mental. Like the game against the Broncos last year. They lost 51-48. Romo threw for 500 yards, and was just killing it all game….then he changed the play at the line, decided to throw instead of run, and he threw an interception that ended it. He literally made every play except THE play, and that’s the story of his career. A top 5 playmaker, and also a bottom 5 mistake maker. Its one of the big reasons why he only has 1 playoff victory after almost a decade starting, and hasn’t been to the playoffs in 4 years. He’ll continue to dominate in terms of numbers, but I don’t think it’ll count for much.

          • Andy

            With Romo, I don’t think he has recovered from the botched hold in the playoffs loss in 2007. The boys win that game, who knows. The immaculate reception started the Steelers run, and the catch started the 49 ers run.

          • trinity

            I think that’s an interesting thought. I’ve never considered it before. The crucial mistakes could be him reliving the mistake that started it all. Since the problem seems entirely mental and in no part physical, it’s entirely possible. Almost makes you feel sorry for him. Almost.

          • Andy

            Read my comment on the article about the redskins and chief’s changing their name. Of you are not a chief’s fan, you might try just clicking on my name, that might bring it up.

          • KCMikeG

            Except in the playoffs where his is substandard. Yes he finally got A ring but he is certainly not on a level all his own when it really matters.

          • trinity

            I was responding to the list, and Andy’s opinion that Peyton is the only quarterback in history that can make any team into a playoff team. I agree with him. As for the playoffs, he has lost some I figured he would win. But at the end of the day, the guy has won. He’s a winner. Plus, he’ll be right back in the mix this season. I think he’ll play in another AFC championship game. It’s the Manning and Brady show in the AFC.

      • Blaize Richardson

        Both are underachievers who haven’t won anything significant in their careers. The comparison is pretty fair. Both put up great regular season numbers, but neither have done anything great in the playoffs. The difference between the two is Romo has generally had less to work with and has still put up better numbers year in and year out. If I had to choose between the two, I’m taking Romo everytime and I’m not just saying that as a Chiefs fan.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      All i have to say is 38-10

      hahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahhahaahahahhahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahaa

      Flowers will live in Sunny San Diego while beating the Chiefs twice.

      It doesn’t get much sweeter…See you losers later.

      38-10 hahahaha http://youtu.be/iZxSANhjCag

      • trinity

        Lol what does the chiefs losing to the colts have to do with the chargers? Did YOU beat them like that? You really have to wonder what they’re smoking in California lol.

        • Brett M

          Yes Trinity, we beat the Colts… In Indy- something KC couldn’t accomplish in the playoffs. BTW we’re talking Colts because we’re comparing playoff game results- keep up…the education system in NO must fell a little short in your case

          • trinity

            And where did that get you? The same place it has always gotten you, nowhere. And that’s exactly where you’re going this season as well. The chargers are still only 3rd in that division. So here you are talking meaningless shit about a team that is better than you. Lol I’m not the one without intelligence, that’s you. But thanks for the laughs :).

    • A1 Yola

      Id choose Phillip Rivers over Alex Smith anyday. At least he’s not scared to death of throwing an interception!

      • trinity

        Meh. Maybe I would to. I’m not putting much thought into that one, because neither Alex nor Rivers will ever win a damn thing in my opinion.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Well poop, I was hoping it’d be a team we didn’t play so I could route for him. Now I have to hope that his best days are behind him and KC exposes him when they play and I didn’t want that to happen because I like Flowers.

    • micah stephenson

      Something tells me he picks off ASS11 two times this yr.

      • A1 Yola

        He will! No doubt about it.

      • KCMikeG

        What ever that “something” is that’s telling you that should be ignored. Flowers has only averaged 2.5 Int’s a year over the last four seasons. While AS11 only threw 7 all of last year. If anything AS11 will exploit Flowers weakness of breaking on a double move to burn him deep.

  • Jim Wynne

    We will expose him for what he is a used to be decent zone corner. He is on his downward slide. CHIEFS RULE

    • tm1946

      Guess he will have amnesia about the Chiefs defensive players and DC plans. Genius, he was a pro bowler, not some second stringer.

      • berttheclock

        He WAS a Pro Bowler a couple of years ago. Last year, he went in only due to past experience and name recognition. In many ways, it worked very similar to actors and actresses receiving the Oscar because they had been overlooked for what they had really earned in previous years. What this really says though is the reality he faced in trying to reap the big money he had earned before. He had to settle for far less than he expected.

        • tm1946

          Always admired your vast knowledge but like most of the political media today, you state crap like it is a fact. Might have started you comment with – IN MY OPINION. since in much of this paragraph is full of stuff you have no way of knowing unless you are married to him or his agent.

          For me, wish him luck except when he is playing the Chiefs, anything else seems, IN MY OPINION, to be petty.

          • berttheclock

            Of course it is my opinion. His production dropped off last season and it was worse than in previous years. So, it did not make sense when he was named to the Pro Bowl. He was of Pro Bowl caliber before, but, not last season. He did take less money than expected. When you are making over $5 M a year with a $2 M bonus for showing up for training camp and you have to settle for a $1.5 signing bonus and a one year $1.5 M salary, you have taken a major financial step backwards. This new contract is nothing more than a “Show Me” contract. It is not a contract for a legitimate Pro Bowl player.

        • micah stephenson

          I don’t think so. If you look at the other cbs who made the pro bowl last yr, flowers is one of the best.

  • Andy

    The bolt fans are something. It’s not like flowers is the ‘missing’ piece .

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      Actually he is.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Damn right.

      • trinity

        Missing piece to what? Lol you guys are still losers. You managed to crawl into the postseason on your hands and knees, but you talk as if you were first in the division! The choking chargers will finish 3rd place yet again. Have fun watching it lol.

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          “Lol you guys are still losers.”

          We beat you twice last year and went farther in the playoffs. If we’re losers, what does that make you guys?

          • trinity

            Blah blah. I post wherever I want to, but the chiefs aren’t my favorite team. As for the chargers, lol you guys talk like you’ve done something other than fail for the entire rivers era. Do you really think flowers is the key to a ring?? Lmao! Keep dreaming.

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            So you’re just a troll then? Sweet. That means that anything you say is worthless.

          • trinity

            Says the chargers fans talking crap in a chiefs thread? Yeah, makes loads of sense. And as a chargers fans, you would certainly be the authority on worthless.

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            Chargers and Chiefs are the two teams involved here. As a Charger fan, I have a reason to be here. As a fan of some other unnamed team that’s not involved at all, what’s your reason for being here?

            Actually, don’t answer that. I don’t really care. I’m sure you’re just some Jags or Browns fan that wants to come troll people who are fans of teams with winning records.

          • trinity

            I’m here because I’m knowledgeable about all teams, and I comment on what articles interest me. You’re just here to talk shit to a division rival about your own weak ass team, and you’re not fooling anyone lol. The chargers are going the same place they’ve went the entire Rivers era. Nowhere. Oh, and my hometown team is the New Orleans Saints. You may be familiar. My quarterback left your team and went on to accomplish something your QB never will, despite how much you guys talk lol.

          • KCMikeG

            You have to be so proud of the game in your house that the refs won for your starters against our entire second string.

          • Melvin Howell

            You forget the second game was against the backup players and you still barely won.

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            I didn’t forget that. Doesn’t change the fact that we won.

            Man, here I was replying to one troll. No need for you guys to get so offended.

    • micah stephenson

      Well they where 31st in pass defense as you can see by them giving up a lot of yards to a pathetic chiefs offense. A 1st rd cb and Flowers should help.

  • tm1946

    Guess they needed a former probowl CB. Probably his last harrauh, if not the Chiefs threw their own monkey wrench in the gears. His knowledge of the Chiefs and defensive players will be invaluable for SD if nothing else. Some cannot wait to play him twice a year, for me, I could wait…. to bad he did not pick a NFC team.

  • Calchiefsfan

    The Flowers deal is $1.5 mil to sign and $1.5 mil base salary with 2 mil in incentives. In order to qualify for the incentives he has to play 92.5% of the defensive snaps and the Chargers have to go to the AFC Championship game of which neither will happen. I wonder what the Chiefs offered him to renegotiate?

    The fear of Flowers giving SD the Chiefs offensive playbook, well I doubt it. The Chiefs offensive players couldn’t get it so I doubt if Flowers could. Also, even if the Chargers have all the Chiefs plays Flowers and the Chargers couldn’t stop the Chiefs with their talent less D.

    • trinity

      I didn’t know the specific terms of the deal, so your post is a revelation. lmao the chiefs don’t have a shot in hell of making the AFC championship game, so he’s not getting that money.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Ahem, you mean the Chargers don’t have a chance in hell:)

        • trinity

          Lol thanks for pointing out my mistake :). I meant the chargers, and i just went to edit that. Chargers fans are so annoying. They way they talk, it’s like they’re first in the damn division. Instead of constant underachievers lol.

          • Calchiefsfan

            Well they did beat the Chiefs twice last year even though it was pure dumb luck. So there is that, lol. Something tells me they won’t be so lucky this year.

          • trinity

            Especially that last game that allowed them to sneak into the postseason. I feel mildly embarrassed for them when they brag about that one, considering the circumstances of it. But I agree, I don’t think the luck will hold this year. I think they’ll finish 3rd again. Only this time, no lucky playoff break.

    • A1 Yola

      They stopped them twice last year!

  • Patrick Allen

    Not good.

  • berttheclock

    A couple of years back, Brandon Flowers was at the top of his game. Brandon Carr was playing well when he left for the Cowboys. However, Carr’s career is on the wane in Dallas.

    It appears to me that Telesco, the GM of the Bolts, did his due diligence of “kicking the tires”, but, it looks as though the late great Cal Worthington represented Flowers and got a better deal. “If you want a better deal, go see Cal, if you want a better deal, go see Cal, I will stand upon my head ’til my ears are turning red, go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal”. Telesco might have been distracted by Cal’s dog Spot.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Well if Dorsey offered him a better deal than that I’ll eat a bug :)

      • berttheclock

        Ah, the days of staying up very late watching TV in LA.

  • KCMikeG

    A struggling player goes to one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL on an incentive heavy ONE year $3 million contract vs. the $7.5M we would have had to pay him. NO other team even had him for a visit. Guess maybe Dorsey knows what he is doing. I like Flowers and feel bad that he has ended up in SD. Getting schooled twice a year by us will be brutal for him.

    • micah stephenson

      No other team??? Huh??? He had over 10 teams wanting his services.

      • berttheclock

        micah, had he stayed with the Chiefs, he would have been paid over $5M with a $2 M training camp bonus. He signed with the Bolts for only $1.5 M for one year with a $1.5 signing bonus. Yes, there were other teams interested in him, as he had just visited the Niners, before signing with the Bolts, but, no team was willing to offer top dollar for him. That is why the Chiefs could not find a trading partner. No one was ever going to come close to paying him that highly inflated $7 M.

        However, I believe his talents are on the wane and when he arrives in SD, there will be a reminder of that old song “Delta Dawn”, “Delta Dawn, what’s that flower you have on, could it be a faded rose from days gone by?”

      • KCMikeG

        NO other team had him for a VISIT. It helps if you read the whole sentence! Yes – It was reported that up to 10 teams were “interested” in him but obviously not enough to have him come in for a visit and certainly not enough to out bid the weak contract the dolts gave him.

        • micah stephenson

          Yea ok. But you trying to speak as if flowers ain’t beep! He gone play mad this year.

  • berttheclock

    After reading many comments at sfgate for the Raiders blogs and reading comments here, as well as reading former comments from fans of the Bolts last year, the Bolts Trolls appear to be a far more civilized group of posters than those from the Donkies or even the Raiders. Just very good back and forth shout outs without resorting to mean spirited nonsense. They remind me of the many fans I met in the infield at Del Mar over the years.

    • Brett M

      Thanks, I always felt the same way about chiefs fans until having a back and forth with this “trinity.” Then I find out he’s a Saints fan just trolling through AFC West blogs LOL

  • Albert jefe

    Ok now why is this still on arrowhead addict? He is not our problem anymore! Also he is not as great as they are portraying him to be. Gets torched alot be realistic people. Our greatest loss ever was and is Derrick Thomas. Now A.S can throw on S.tD like as he did during practice against flowers haha. “U bought it” gallery 63 lol

    • Gunnar Martin

      Not your problem anymore? He’s an even bigger problem for you now than before. You guys have to play him twice a year. I would say three times, but we all know KC won’t make it back to the playoffs. He got torched in your defense last season because your defensive coordinator thought it would be a good idea to stop playing him in a scheme that fit his strengths, and he got zero help from your safeties.

      In San Diego, he’ll be playing in the style of defense that suits him (zone coverage, off-man coverage, keep him on one side of the field instead of moving him around like last year). You can try to tell yourself that you’re happy he went to a rival, but let’s just say I’ll be hoping Alex Smith throws his way often when we play each other.

  • Evan Morris

    Brandon Flowers is INSANE to believe the Chargers have a chance at making the super bowl. why not go to a super contender this year? I believe the Packers, Panthers, or the Lions had the most need at CB/most potential to win a super bowl, in the next few seasons.

    • Brett M

      Yikes, gotta disagree with your list of contenders. Panthers and Lions have regressed big time since losing their receiving core and getting Jim Caldwell as their coach, respectively. After hearing he visited SF i thought that made sense, but here in SD he walks in as a clear # 1 corner able to shine in a 1 year prove it deal to make bigger bucks next year

      • Evan Morris

        The Panthers defense led them to the playoffs last year, and Newton will make due with the additions of Cotchery/avant at WR. next year they can make the splash for an elite WR. The panthers are also ranked #10 on the current power rankings. The Green Bay Packers would of been the best place for him, but who wants to live in Wisconsin?

  • Melvin Howell

    Being a Chiefs fan I do have to say the Chargers did get a great player in Flowers, I think he is the most underrated corner in the NFL. Unfortunately the Chiefs had to get rid of him because of salary cap issues. Even though we are division rivals I have respect for the Chargers because they are a good team that plays clean unlike some of the teams in our division.

  • Melvin Howell

    To show you how good Flowers is, look at the Chiefs playoff game last year. The Colts couldn’t do anything for over half the game until Flowers went down. Then Hilton (the guy Flowers was guarding) went on a tear and ran the score up. Even at the end the Chiefs should have won it but Succup missed an easy chip-shot field goal. Not to mention the refs should have called a penalty on that play because the Colts had too many players lined up on one side of the ball.