SAN DIEGO – Cornerback Brandon Flowers, recently released in a cost-cutting move by the Kansas City Chiefs, is scheduled to visit the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday, according to his agent Mitch Frankel.
Flowers’ visit was first reported by NFL.com. Asked about Flowers visiting Chargers Park after practice, head coach Mike McCoy would not confirm the visit.
“[General manager Tom Telesco] Tom and I are always looking to improve the football team, but we’re not going to comment on who’s coming, who’s going or things like that,” McCoy said.
Flowers, 28, finished with 68 tackles, an interception and a sack in 2013, earning his first Pro Bowl invitation. Scheduled to make $7.5 million in total compensation for the Chiefs in 2014, the Kansas City released Flowers last week. The Chiefs drafted a potential replacement for Flowers in the third round of this year’s draft, cornerback Phillip Gaines.
The Chargers finished with one of the worst pass defenses statistically in the league in 2013. San Diego drafted a cornerback in the first round, TCU product Jason Verrett, with an eye toward him making an impact during his rookie season. However, Verrett has not fully participated in practice as he rehabs from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in March.
Frankel says that Flowers has other potential suitors, but is focused on his visit with the Chargers. Other teams possibly in the market for a cornerback include Detroit, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
“I don’t think he has a favorite,” Frankel said. “He’s just looking for the best situation for him right now.”
Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall are penciled in as San Diego’s starting cornerbacks heading into training camp, with second-year pro Steve Williams competing for time with the starters. Safety Marcus Gilchrist serves as the team’s fifth cornerback in obvious passing situations.
Jahleel Addae, who would replace Gilchrist at safety when he moves to nickel cornerback, did not practice the first two days of minicamp for the Chargers due to an unspecified injury.
Flowers mostly played nickel cornerback for the Chiefs in obvious passing situations last season.
McCoy said he’s okay with the progress Verrett has made in his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. The TCU product is expected to be available for training camp by August. San Diego’s training camp begins on July 24.
McCoy also said he’s pleased with the overall depth at the cornerback position as his roster is currently constructed.
“I like it,” McCoy said. “I really like the football team right now.”
Another thing working in San Diego’s favor is the team’s familiarity with Flowers, who played his first six seasons with AFC West rival Kansas City.
“I have a good opinion of who that player is,” McCoy said, when asked about his evaluation of Flowers.
The Chargers may have to get creative in order to sign Flowers. According to ESPN Stats & Information, San Diego has about $2.5 million in cap space.