Although it has yet to be officially announced, Warpaint Illustrated can confirm that Flowers signed a 5-year, $50 million contract extension with $22 million guaranteed.
Flowers was in the final year of his rookie contract and would have been a free agent at the end of the 2011 season. In three-plus NFL seasons, he has accumulated 224 tackles, nine interceptions, 56 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two touchdowns.
Pioli has done a remarkable job of keeping his roster intact when it comes to his key players. Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles, and now Flowers are all players from the previous Carl Peterson regime that have had their contracts extended by Pioli.
The Chiefs are now likely to set their sights on resigning cornerback Brandon Carr and receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Carr signed a one-year extension during the short offseason and will become a free agent at season's end. But with Flowers being the more expensive of KC's starting corners, it is likely Carr will sign a deal in the near future.
As would be the case for both Bowe and Carr, signing Flowers to an extension during the 2011 season will save the Chiefs salary cap room in 2012. This will free the Chiefs up to spend money in free agency next offseason, although general manager Scott Pioli has been reluctant to do so.
Tune into Monday's edition of the Warpaint Illustrated Out of Bounds Podcast where Chiefs Insider Nick Athan will give his thoughts on the Brandon Flowers contract extension and review KC's game in Detroit.
Brandon Flowers Signs Five-Year Extension
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