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?
The Jets have already reached out to Brandon Flowers, per local source. Chiefs – Jets tried to work out a trade in May but Idzik said no.
— Erika Esola (@emesola) June 14, 2014
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.