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Cornerback Brandon Flowers at the Pro Bowl in January (USA Today Sports Images)

On a random Friday in June, you don't expect to see a starting NFL cornerback get cut, much less two within hours of each other.

First, the Detroit Lions cut Chris Houston, who has been a starter nearly his entire seven-year career, first with the Falcons and the past four years with the Lions. So that was a bit surprising to see him get cut loose. Then the Kansas City Chiefs one-upped them, cutting Brandon Flowers, who has started 87 games over the past six years for Kansas City and who played in the Pro Bowl just a few months ago.

If you need veteran cornerback help and have some cap room left over, Friday was your lucky day.

Houston and Flowers have been effective players. Flowers is 28 and Houston is 29. They should be able to play for at least a few more years. The problem was mostly money.

Houston was scheduled to make $3.5 million this year. Flowers' base salary was more than $5 million. The Chiefs had reportedly tried to trade him but couldn't find a taker. The team can perhaps use that extra money to sign someone else to an extension (quarterback Alex Smith in Kansas City, perhaps?).

Either way, teams that went into June with a need at cornerback suddenly had a couple of intriguing veteran options.

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