After his release from the Kansas City Chiefs on June 13th, cornerback Brandon Flowers had at least ten teams contact him; hopefully one was the Philadelphia Eagles. He has been a very good coverage man for his entire career, even with an underwhelming 2013. Flowers did reach his first Pro Bowl last season though, as a cornerstone to a very talented Chiefs defense.
Since Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has taken over, the organization has invested a lot into rebuilding one of the worst defensive backfields in the league. They let disappointing and overpaid cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomougha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walk away, while replacing them with the likes of cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. Those two slotted to be the starters again in 2014, which is not an intimidating tandem to shut down opposing passing games.
The additions of cornerback Nolan Carroll and safety Malcolm Jenkins should provide help in pass coverage, but are not major impact players. By acquiring a proven shut down corner like Flowers, the depth across the board is drastically improved. Rookie cornerback Jaylen Watkins can be eased into the rotation and his versatility to play safety will give Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis flexibility when playing match ups against some high-powered offenses. By keeping the defensive backs fresh, they should be more productive against multiple wide out sets.
As for Flowers, he had his worst statistical season last year, which may be one of the underlying reasons the Chiefs were willing to release him (along with his $7+ million cap hit and change in schemes). But each of his first five seasons in the NFL, he reached double digits in pass deflections. Flowers also does not shy away from contact as willing tackler in run support; something the Eagles are still in search for from their defensive backs. Not to mention his ability to force turnovers, with 17 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles in his six year career.
At 28 years old, Flowers should have plenty of football left and if he is serious about winning, might find a home in Philadelphia. A one-year incentive-laden deal will not effect the Eagles future plans. But the team could re-evaluate the likes of Williams and Fletcher next season if Flowers does perform up to expectations. When you have a chance to add a talent of his nature in a position of weakness, the front office should at least kick the tires on what it would take to bring him in.