Flowers: Facing Chiefs factored in decision

San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers talked with Chris Ello and Ben Higgins of Xtra 1360 AM radio about signing with his new team. Check out the audio link here.

Flowers said that the opportunity to play against his old team, the Kansas City Chiefs, weighed in his decision to sign with the Chargers.

“That definitely played in the decision,” Flowers said. “Just the way I play the game, I always felt like it would be fun. I never got that chance to play against an old team. Once I was on a team for my whole life, I was on that team for good.

“So just going back to play against some of the fellas and some of the coaches, it will definitely be fun. But I respect everybody in that program. They run a great program in Kansas City, and they have great fans in Kansas City. But just for personal reasons I think it will be fun to line up across those guys.”

Flowers said he was caught off guard by Kansas City releasing him in a cost cutting move earlier this month.

“It’s a business,” he said. “And in this business you have to roll with the punches. Once the release happened, my phone and my agent’s phone was a hotline. A lot of teams were calling, and a lot of teams were trying to bring me in because they’re not used to getting a six-year starter this late that can maybe fall into their lap.”

Flowers said during his visit to San Diego, he spent quality time with his former teammate at Virginia Tech, receiver Eddie Royal. And Flowers credited Royal with making him feel comfortable and selling the Chargers to him as a landing spot.

“It was a crazy experience with guys on the phone for three days straight nonstop,” Flowers said. “I knew what teams I wanted to play for. And if I could come to terms with those teams, I definitely wanted to make it. And San Diego was one of the top teams I wanted to play for.”