According to Yates, Flowers will earn a $1.5 million base salary and a $1.5 million signing bonus for a total of $3 million in guaranteed compensation. Flowers also can earn up to $2 million more in incentives if he plays in 92.5 percent of the defensive snaps and the team reaches the AFC Championship Game, bringing the maximum total value of the contract to $5 million.
Once he signs the deal, Flowers will become the second-highest paid corner on the roster. Rookie Jason Verrett will make the most this season ($4.48 million), followed by Flowers ($3 million), Brandon Ghee ($875,000), Richard Marshall ($855,000) and Shareece Wright ($645,000).
San Diego’s last foray into free agency for a cornerback did not go so well. Derek Cox signed a four-year, $20 million deal in 2013, but was eventually replaced in the starting lineup by Marshall down the backstretch of last season due to poor play.
The Chargers cut Cox this year, saving $4.25 million in cash and creating $3.9 million in dead money. Cox made $6 million in seven starts last season.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco expects better production from Flowers.