The New England Patriots already have a formidable secondary with the offseason additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. According to Doug Kyed of NESN Wednesday, the Patriots also have their eye on free-agent cornerback Brandon Flowers, who was recently released from the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots already have a secondary good enough to earn compliments from Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. If they can somehow bring in Flowers, the Patriots may have a secondary equal to, if not better than the Super Bowl champions. According to sources, the Patriots have shown just a “little interest” in Flowers, but a little interest has a way of escalating in the NFL.
Bill Belichick and company would also have to convince Flowers to accept less money to come to New England. The 2013 Pro Bowl selection was just entering the fourth year of a five-year, $50 million contract when the Chiefs cut him last Friday. He is expected to ask for something that may be out of the range of what the Patriots can pay since the team is already shelling out big bucks for Darrelle Revis and have started preliminary discussions with safety Devin McCourty on a new deal.
Flowers is a player who struggled a bit last season with the Chiefs, but is still considered a top corner. He has also received interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings. Flowers did visit the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday. The rival New York Jets may also enter into the mix.
According to ESPN, Jets head coach Rex Ryan isn’t ruling out the possibility. The team expects a big leap from second-year cornerback Dee Milliner and have signed free agent Dimitri Patterson. Ryan, like Belichick, may be willing to get a little greedy. He at the Jets’ mandatory minicamp, “I’m happy with what we have, but I’m not going to shut the door on any player that we think could possibly help our football team. We’ll certainly look at it, for sure.”
As for the Patriots, the team may be looking for depth. With the history of injuries that seem to take place in the secondary, Belichick may consider Flowers as an insurance policy in case someone goes down. The Patriots will also be without the services of Brandon Browner for the first four games of the season.