The release of Brandon Flowers and DUI arrest of Sean Smith have compromised the Kansas City Chiefs‘ secondary in a major way. Flowers was the team’s best cornerback, and Smith will now be the pushed into that role. Unfortunately, he’ll be subject to punishment once his DUI case is resolved in court.
Even if Smith doesn’t miss any time, the Chiefs’ secondary looks like a major weak point. As of now, the starting corner across from Smith looks to be Marcus Cooper. The second-year man hopes to rebound from a very disappointing finish to the 2013 season after an impressive start.
Chris Owens, Ron Parker, and rookie Phillip Gaines will also see some playing time, and possibly compete for a starting job. Out of all the Chiefs’ corners, Smith is the only one who’s proven himself as a quality starter. Everyone else is a gamble.
Kansas City saved $7.25 million by cutting Flowers, and could use that to sign a free agent corner like Aaron Ross or Asante Samuel. They definitely need the help. But the cap-saving move was more likely intended to clear space to extend the contracts of Alex Smith and/or Justin Houston.
If the team plans on going into the season with what they have, they are taking a huge gamble. The secondary fell apart as the 2013 wound down, and that was with Flowers. Without him, they could be in serious trouble. If the Chiefs don’t add some help through free agency, the team will be dependent on major improvements from an inexperienced group of corners.