It's easy to assume Flowers didn't like his name bantered about in trade talks last month. But with second year General Manager, John Dorsey and Head Coach, Andy Reid, set on changing the culture on the field by acquiring more cornerstone players to reshape their entire roster, you could see why the team may part with Flowers.
At hand for the Chiefs is the fact Flowers simply doesn't fit KC's defensive schemes. Though small sized cornerbacks are still a high commodity in the NFL, Flowers moved from outside cornerback a year ago to the slot, with little results.
Still Flowers had a choice to make before OTA's began last week. He could have come to KC with a vigor to prove those sentiments didn't have any merit but instead, he chose to skip the practices altogether which opened the floodgates of speculation.
For the Chiefs, they have two choice to remedy the situation. They could trade or cut Flowers which would save the team nearly $7.5 in cap space heading into the 2014 season. That move would allow Kansas City to sign Linebacker, Justin Houston, who is also absent from OTA's, to a long term deal. On the flip side, they could welcome him back with open arms and roll the dice he'll play like an elite cornerback this season.
Last season KC's entire secondary imploded down the stretch. In the off-season, the Chiefs signed veteran, Chris Owens, who can play the slot position, and the team drafted Rice Cornerback, Phillip Gaines, to eventually become a starter.
Though the young rookie has yet to don any pads, in a Chiefs uniform, Gaines can jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and use his blazing closing speed to catch up when he's beaten off the snap.
To this point in his NFL career, Flowers relies on his speed. Whereas both Owens and Gaines, can not only close the gap to the receiver, they have the physical tenacity to knock receivers off their routes. As we saw last year, outside of Marcus Cooper, the Chiefs cornerbacks played horrific press coverage.
Too often they whiffed at jamming receivers, and even though some were blessed with great speed, the unit as a whole could not prevent from being picked apart by some of the games best quarterbacks.
This season the Chiefs face a much tougher schedule and their defense has to play better than it did in the second half of the 2013 season if they want to return to the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
That means a player like Flowers, who was already a so-so fit for Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton, when he arrived a year ago, probably won't be a long term fixture for the Chiefs going forward.
If that's the case, it will continue to show fans that Dorsey and Reid want a different breed of football players on their roster.
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