This past week saw the release of Chiefs cornerback, Brandon Flowers. This was a surprise move considering he is coming off of a Pro Bowl year. He has been very good over his six-year career but it seems like Kansas City was looking to save some money and get younger at the position. The Vikings may have interest in Flowers, which will be good news to fans who witnessed terrible secondary play last season.
Ultimately, should the Vikings go after him?
Even though he made the Pro Bowl in 2013, many have said that his play declined last year. Apparently Flowers struggled in a man-press type scheme and was eventually moved to the slot position. Unfortunately, the Vikings will look to play a similar style with a lot of press coverage.
They also did recently sign Captain Munnerlyn to play in the slot, which would likely mean Flowers would play on the outside opposite Xavier Rhodes if he signed. He is a bit undersized and plays the position with finesse which runs against the trend of big aggressive cornerbacks that are all the rage right now. As far fit is concerned, it may not be the best.
All that said, he would immediately become the best cornerback on the team. Defensive scheme or not, what matters is if you can play…and he certainly can. You also have to think that Coach Zimmer can find a way to use him. He anchored one of the best defenses in the league last year and at age 28, is still in his prime.
One thing that has been missing from Vikings cornerbacks in the past few years has been interceptions. With 17 over his career, he would immediately make the team better in that department. A veteran presence would also benefit both Rhodes and Harrison Smith in the secondary. With him in the lineup, the secondary actually looks like a position of strength rather than weakness. Plus, the depth looks a lot better with Josh Robinson, Derek Cox and Marcus Sherels in back up rolls. Suddenly, the secondary looks quite good.
It’s not every day a top tier cornerback comes available at this point in free agency. The Vikings also still have a little money to play with. Even if Brandon Flowers is starting to decline, and if he isn’t the best fit, Rick Spielman should do everything in his power to make sure he is wearing purple in 2014.