So confirmed Flowers on Friday.
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
The Chiefs were reportedly trying to trade Flowers earlier this offseason after drafting cornerback Phillip Gaines in the third round last month. Flowers had been scheduled to make a base salary of $5.5 million, and there were plenty of insinuations that Flowers simply didn't fit the mold of cornerbacks that defensive coordinator Bob Sutton prefers.
“We appreciate Brandon's contributions to the team over the last six seasons,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “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.”
Another reason the Chiefs are OK with getting rid of Flowers, who will count as $7 million of dead money for the 2014 salary cap (unless the team designates him a post-June 1 cut) and $4 million for 2015.
Brandon Flowers graded at -5.9 overall last season, -9.8 in coverage— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 13, 2014
On the other hand ...
Even after a poor 2013, Brandon Flowers' +35.5 @PFF coverage grade in the last 5 seasons is the 5th-highest of any CB.— Pete Damilatis (@PFF_Pete) June 13, 2014
Thus, we still expect for Flowers to find interest in the free agent market.