Brandon Flowers was released today by the Kansas City Chiefs.
In Kansas City, fans are probably a little surprised, but this was clearly a money saving move for the red and gold. A tweet from Brandon Flowers himself confirms the move:
Just want to say thanks to the Hunt family for the 6years in Kansas City thanks to the fans and my teammates for some great years.
— Brandon Flowers (@BFlowers24) June 13, 2014
Should the Giants pursue Brandon Flowers?
Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com suggests seven landing spots for the Pro Bowl CB and the New York Football Giants were not among them. Granted, there are 32 teams in the NFL and everyone has room for a Pro Bowl CB… but the Giants defense could certainly use a CB with the leadership and abilities of Brandon Flowers.
Rosenthal suggests 2+2 = Scott Pioli, with the Atlanta Falcons as his top favorite:
1. Atlanta Falcons: Rapoport reports that the Falcons have been monitoring Flowers’ availability and they could be ready to pounce. Second-year pros Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are a very promising duo, but the group lacks depth. Flowers would give the Falcons one of the best trios in the league. New Falcons front office member Scott Piol signed Flowers to his “48.75 million extension” in Kansas City. (Flowers only got half that money.) This marriage makes a lot of sense and they have the cap room to get it done.
In New York, the Giants may appear to be set at CB with this roster:
|36||Jackson, Bennett||CB||6-0||192||22||R||Notre Dame|
|28||Hosley, Jayron||CB||5-10||178||23||3||Virginia Tech|
|48||Howard, Travis||CB||6-1||200||24||1||Ohio State|
|37||James, Charles||CB||5-9||179||24||2||Charleston Southern|
|21||Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique||CB||6-2||193||28||7||Tennessee State|
|24||Thurmond III, Walter||CB||5-11||190||26||5||Oregon|
However, whenever a skilled tackler like Brandon Flowers comes on the market. As a fanbase, you should at least take a look. Jayron Hosley will be suspend 4 games and the Giants could get creative with a deal for a player like Flowers. Pound for pound, one of the toughest players in the NFL at 5’9″ – 197 lbs.
Even though they have similar statures, Brandon Flowers is not the exact same type of corner as Trumaine McBride. Flowers has excellent open field tackling ability and has compiled 328 tackles in his Chiefs football career. He can can cover well, and has 92 passes defended on his resume.
This move probably isn’t on everyone’s radar, but Brandon Flowers is certainly a player that would help the New York Football Giants improve.