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Falcons' young corners ready to blossom

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With the quick development of young cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, the Atlanta Falcons are set at cornerback for the time being.

They are not interested in former Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers at the present time, a team source told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.

The Falcons drafted Trufant and Alford in the first- and second-round of the 2013 draft and both played well as rookies.

"I know everything that's coming at me from seeing it all last season," Alford said. "Those mistakes that I made last year, I'm not willing to make them my second year."

After the team's offseason release of Asante Samuel, Trufant and Alford are the projected starters going into the 2014 season.

"Everybody is just going out there and competing like they want to win a job," Alford said. "You have to learn everything."

Josh Wilson, Robert McClain and Javier Arenas are battling for the nickel back position. Wilson and Arenas were signed as free agents in the offseason.

Flowers, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, reportedly has been contacted by 10 NFL teams, including the Falcons.

Flowers was released in part over his objections to play inside at nickel back. There is no opening at cornerback in Atlanta.

Flowers might have been too expensive for the Falcons. He was set to make $5.25 million in 2014 and $7.5 million in 2015. He likely wants a new contract on par with his old one in Kansas City.

The Falcons, with 89 players under contract, have $9.258 million available under the $133 million salary cap, according to NFLPA documents. Signing Flowers and working a contract extension for wide receiver Roddy White would push the Falcons close to the cap.

Last season, the Falcons retained almost $7 million in cap in case for emergencies.

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