After now-former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers is a free agent, many know he will not remain unemployed for long. According to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler, Flowers was contacted by 10 NFL teams, although four were named. One team that should be on that list is the Philadelphia Eagles, who despite making numerous moves to bolster their secondary in the offseason, still need to thicken their depth at cornerback.
Flowers fits that bill perfectly. He played for one of the most-feared defenses all year in 2013 and was elected to his first Pro Bowl. If the Eagles were to sign him, they would drastically improve a secondary that finished in the basement of the league in passing yards allowed and passing touchdowns allowed. He may not be in the same breathe as the best corners in the league, but the Eagles could use all the help they can get.
Although his maturity and consistency may be in question, Flowers still has the merits to sign with almost any team in the league. He made the Pro Bowl as a slot cornerback last season, but was also often assigned to cover the opposing team’s best receiver. The Eagles did address the position with the additions of Nolan Carroll via free agency and Jaylen Watkins in the draft, but neither have the pedigree of Flowers.
Flowers may be on the wrong side of 20, but he will still be expecting a quality contract. The smart play for Eagles GM Howie Roseman would be to offer Flowers a one-year “prove yourself” contract, but there is no telling what other teams may spend on him.
Either way, the birds can use all the help they can get, and even if Flowers’ success may have fluctuated, he was a key contributor in the Chiefs’ nine-win turnaround from 2012-13.
If the Eagles pursue and acquire Flowers, they will land a veteran defensive back who will fit perfectly into a system that utilizes the depth of its roster.