Earlier this week, the Kansas City Chiefs released Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers, saving $7.25 million in salary cap space. The move was surprising, but it makes sense given that Kansas City had just $2.6 million in cap space before parting ways with the 28-year-old defensive back.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos have shown no interest in their formal division rival.
In May, Broncos general manager John Elway said NFL teams can never have enough good cornerbacks, but the team appears to be content with their current unit of CBs. Denver currently has $4,616,320 in cap room, which is just under what Flowers was set to make in 2014 before being released.
If Flowers was picked up and signed to a deal similar to what he had in Kansas City, Denver could not afford him, especially with the team negotiating long-term deals with receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas. Denver could have created cap space by cutting a pair of veteran tight ends—Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen—and the cap space is set to potentially rise as high as $145 million in 2015 and $160 million in 2016, allowing them to sign Flowers if they wanted to.
Though Elway has said a team can never have too many cornerbacks, things may have been awkward in Denver's locker room had the Broncos pursued Flowers.
Flowers cut that's crazy chiefs must got some corners we don't know about lol— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) June 13, 2014
I'm still tryna figure out how flowers made pro bowl too lol— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) June 13, 2014
Harris sounds bitter, and for good reason.
In many ways, Harris' 2013 numbers were comparable to those of Richard Sherman's, as he earned a plus-13.4 overall season rating from ProFootballFocus.com (supscription required), a website that watches film of every snap and rates players accordingly. Flowers, on the other hand, had six fewer defended passes than Harris and two fewer interceptions on the year, earning a minus-5.9 rating from PFF.
Clearly, Flowers did not have a Pro Bowl year. Harris, meanwhile, was snubbed for a second consecutive season.
You'll get voted in next year RT @ChrisHarrisJr: I'm still tryna figure out how flowers made pro bowl too lol— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) June 13, 2014
On a related note, Arrowhead Pride believes that second-year cornerback Marcus Cooper will be replacing Flowers in Kansas City's secondary. That's the same Marcus Cooper that was burned by quarterback Peyton Manning and Eric Decker for four touchdowns in one game last December.
Have fun, Emmanuel Sanders.