It's a one-year deal for Brandon Flowers with the Chargers.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 24, 2014
If there's an irony there, it's that Flowers — who made his first Pro Bowl following the 2013 season — actually is coming off perhaps his worst season. The Kansas City Chiefs released him following the season.
But the Chargers beat out a number of teams (more than 10 had called on him after he was cut) to sign the 5-9 Flowers, who is 28.
He might not be big, and that was one reason why the Chiefs released him, but Flowers will face up against bigger receivers and not back down. It was after a knee injury and the Chiefs asking him to cover the slot last season that Flowers started to struggle. He missed three games during the regular season and was knocked out of their playoff loss at Indianpolis with a concussion.
Still, Flowers fits the Chargers' mold better. While the Chiefs' new regime clearly favors size at the position, the Chiefs don't mind smaller corners. They have the 5-9 Flowers joining holdovers Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall, both 5-11, and 2014 first-round pick Jason Verrett, who also is 5-9.
Chargers coordinator John Pagano runs a gameplan-specific defense but one that uses a mix of coverages, not just the press-heavy scheme in Kansas City that seemed to hurt Flowers last season. The AFC West does have its share of big receivers with players such as Dwayne Bowe, Demaryius Thomas and the Rod Streater-James Jones-Denarius Moore trio in Oakland. What's interesting about Flowers' struggles last season was that he had the hardest time with players of similar size — Dallas' Dez Bryant gave him fits, Eric Decker beat him repeatedly in the second Broncos matchup and the Chargers' Keenan Allen made some plays against him.
Clearly, the Chargers were undaunted in signing him. They met with him two days last week and had to be shocked to be able to (a) add a defensive starter this late in the offseason and (b) take one from a division opponent in the process.
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