Kansas City, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The Kansas City Chiefs have released Pro Bowl cornerback and six-year starter Brandon Flowers after the latter indicated that he was unhappy with the team.
Flowers had been absent from the Chiefs’ offseason practices this year. The Chiefs shifted him to nickelback last season in obvious passing situations.
Flowers had been a solid player for the Chiefs until 2013, when he had perhaps his worst season despite making the Pro Bowl.
“We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the team over the last six seasons,” new general manager John Dorsey said. “It’s in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career.”
Dorsey favors bigger cornerbacks and the 5-foot-9 Flowers struggled in the Chiefs’ new defensive system, which often called for Flowers to cover bigger and more physical receivers.
Marcus Cooper, the third cornerback last season as a rookie, has replaced Flowers in the starting lineup during offseason practice.
The Atlanta Falcons already have expressed interest in Flowers, according to sources.