It’s not very often that players with above-average starting ability hit the open market in June, but that’s exactly what happened with cornerback Brandon Flowers, who was surprisingly released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
Now free to sign elsewhere, Flowers could be considering a number of teams in need of cornerback help. While they wouldn’t be the ideal landing spot, the Oakland Raiders could be an option.
First and foremost, the Raiders are far from secure at cornerback. With injury-prone sophomore D.J. Hayden expected to secure one starting spot – assuming he can get healthy and stay there – and offseason acquisitions Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers expected to battle it out for the other job, the Raiders could arguably be in a worse position than last year. And considering the starters were Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter, that’s a very bad thing.
Flowers could also provide a solid role model for the Raiders’ two new cornerbacks, Keith McGill and Travis Carrie, who were drafted this past May.
While Flowers will likely cost a pretty penny on the open market, the Raiders have the cap space and positional need to bring him aboard. He’d immediately upgrade their secondary and give them an experienced, proven starter on the outside. Even after coming off of a poor 2013 campaign, he’d be in a better situation in Oakland’s defense considering they don’t employ the press-man scheme like the Chiefs did.
Put simply, the Raiders would be wise to give Flowers’ agent a call. He’s not the solve-all the Oakland defense needs to suddenly shut down opponents, but his presence would certainly be a step in the right direction.
We’ll see what happens in the coming days.