CB Brandon Flowers
The Buffalo Bills are on the lookout for a cornerback that can replace Stephon Gilmore as a starter. Ideally, that player will either be an established veteran that has experience or a rookie that can start day-one.
Flowers is a veteran that has had his ups and downs throughout his career, but is stable enough to start for any team that is lacking a cornerback. Not only would that satisfy the Bills’ need at the position, but he is a pretty good fit in McDermott’s defense.
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It’s been well documented, most recently by PFF, that Flowers struggles in man-to-man coverage. Luckily, the Buffalo Bills will mostly be using zone coverage next season under Sean McDermott. This should be attractive to both sides and could give Flowers the chance to enjoy some big success late in his career.
Brandon Flowers will be entering his 10th season in the NFL. He spent his first six years with the Kansas City Chiefs and the past three with the San Diego (now LA) Chargers — who released him not too long ago. It’s a little surprising to see him still available, but will surely be picked up soon.
In his six years with the Chiefs, he recorded at least one interception each season and totaled 17 over that span — including 91 passes defensed and three touchdowns. He hovered around 50-70 tackles each season.
Flowers had a bit of a fall-out when he moved to San Diego, especially the past two seasons. After tallying three interceptions in 2014, he only recorded one in 2015 and 2016 combined. In addition, he only had 19 passes defensed in those three years and was riddled by injuries all of last season (only appearing in 6 games).
If Flowers is healthy and comes at a decent price, he could be an addition that helps solidify the Bills’ secondary. Add in a cornerback later in the draft and things wouldn’t be too bad.
Let’s move on to a wide receiver that might take some patience, but would definitely be worth the wait.