November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Should The New York Jets Have Flowers Delivered?


January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Rice cornerback Brandon Flowers of the Kansas City Chiefs (24) and safety Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers (35) celebrate at the end of the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs released Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers this week and according to Erika Esola (@emesola) of Florida Today Sports (@floridatodaysports), the Jets have shown interest and may have Flowers in for a workout/visit as soon as this week. Should the Jets pursue him? Is he the right fit for the scheme and team?

So from what I have gathered, expect Flowers to work out with the Jets this week. Also heard the Dolphins are interested in bringing him in. — Erika Esola (@emesola) June 14, 2014

While Rich Cimini reports the opposite that the Jets have not shown interest in Flowers yet and he would be surprised if they did.

Flowers is a 5’9″ corner that did not work out in Bob Sutton’s (Rex Ryan disciple) defense in Kansas City. He is a ball hawk who plays best with the play in front of him and in space rather than in press man coverage. Sutton moved Flowers inside to the slot and Flowers hated it and what followed was his worst season as a professional (although he was still sent to the Pro Bowl). Rex Ryan is a master at tailoring his defense around his players rather than being rigid to one specific system so I see the fact that Flowers struggled under Bob Sutton, a more rigid former Army coach, to be less of an impediment than some.

Should the Jets pursue Flowers? Maybe, but only on a one or two-year deal with decent money but the ability to get out after one year if he flops. Flowers would be the best, most proven corner on the roster the instant he steps foot on the field for the Jets and would help the depth all the way down the cornerback depth chart. I’m not a huge fan of his height (5’9″) in a league that is going to taller corners to combat taller receivers and I don’t like that he was so inflexible about playing the slot that he let it affect his play and demeanor. In my opinion, the best case scenario for the Jets would be if Flowers signs with his old defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel in Houston which leads Houston to cut Jonathan Joseph, who is a much better fit for the Jets.

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  • Paul Newbold

    I think they should have flowers delivered. The price might drive Idzik out of the deal however, as reportedly their are multiple teams interested in his services. While not an ideal size or fit for a Rex Ryan defense, he’s a seasoned pro, and has posted double digit pass defenses in every year but last. I’m not really sure if the Jets have a serious interest in him or not, as he’s not the perfect fit an probably won’t come cheap, but I think they at least need to give it some consideration considering the state of the secondary currently!