The Kansas City Chiefs released six-year veteran Brandon Flowers today. Flowers, who was a Pro Bowler for the Chiefs last season, was due $5.25 million salary for 2014 along with a $2 million training camp bonus. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey did not draft Flowers - who is a holdover from the Scott Pioli regime - and thus felt the need to dump the veteran player.
Just want to say thanks to the Hunt family for the 6years in Kansas City thanks to the fans and my teammates for some great years.— Brandon Flowers (@BFlowers24) June 13, 2014
Flowers played in 13 games last season, earning one sack, one INT, 9 passes defended, and 65 tackles. He was used mostly as a slot corner last season by the Chiefs.
Flowers intercepted Andrew Luck in the Wildcard Round of the playoffs last season when the Colts faced the Chiefs. He left that game with a concussion and did not play for much of the second half.
Another veteran corner released today was Chris Houston. More specifically, he reached an injury settlement with the Lions and is now a free agent who is not subject to waivers. Any team can sign him now. Houston had signed a five-year, $25 million contract last offseason with the Lions, but a toe injury seems to have slowed him down. Houston played in 12 games last season and had two interceptions.
Why am I mentioning all this non-Colts news?
Well, the Colts are REALLY thin at corner and they have about $13.5 million in salary cap space. Outside of Vontae Davis, the Colts have Greg Toler (who pretty much defines the term injury prone) and a bunch of no-named rookies and second-year players at corner. Darius Butler is a solid veteran on the team, but he's primarily useful as a slot corner.