The San Diego Chargers made their biggest splash this offseason, inking 2013 Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers to a one-year deal.
Flowers was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on June 13, and in less than two weeks, signed with their division rivals. Flowers will now get two opportunities against his old team this season.
Flowers has played six years in the NFL all with the Chiefs. During that span, he has 374 tackles, two sacks, four forced fumbles, 17 interceptions, three touchdowns and 91 pass defended. While 2013 might not have been his best season, he did make his first Pro Bowl.
This move drastically upgrades the Chargers’ secondary and Flowers immediately becomes the most experienced and accomplished cornerback on San Diego’s roster.
The Chargers had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL last year. Pairing Flowers with first round pick Jason Verrett and veterans Richard Marshall and Shareece Wright should improve this unit.
For Flowers, this one-year deal will allow him to showcase his abilities in a tough division in hopes of landing a larger contract in 2015. For the Chargers, this gives them a very experienced cornerback for Verrett to learn from.
Most see the only flaw in Verrett’s game in his size (5-foot-10, 189 pounds). Flowers is almost identical in playing style and size (5-foot-9, 187 pounds), which gives the Chargers’ first rounder a perfect mentor to learn from this season. It will also take a tremendous amount of pressure off Verrett to not have to turn around their secondary woes by himself.
With both players being on the smaller side, it will be interesting to see how the Chargers use them on the field. I don’t see them both playing on the outside at the same time. Its likely Flowers will be on the outside (due to his experience) and Verrett will play in the slot with them also rotating at times.
This move could be a big win-win deal for both sides this season.