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Andy Reid: Scheme fit not reason for Chiefs releasing Brandon Flowers

SAN DIEGO -- During a conference call with San Diego-area reporters, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked about releasing veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers in June.

At 5-foot-9, Flowers did not fit the profile Kansas City wanted defensively in taller corners. The Chiefs also saved $7.5 million this season against the salary cap and another $7.5 million against their cap next year by letting Flowers go. Kansas City needed the cap room to sign quarterback Alex Smith to a contract extension.

Flowers made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his seven-year career last season.

However, talent and depth at cornerback remain an issue for Kansas City. And Flowers has played well for the San Diego Chargers, leading the team with two interceptions. Pro Football Focus ranks Flowers as the best cornerback in the NFL through Week 6 of the NFL season.

Flowers signed a one-year, $3 million deal with San Diego in part to play against his former team twice this season. However, due to a groin injury suffered against Oakland last week, Flowers’ availability for this Sunday against the Chiefs is in question.

Reid acknowledged that Flowers is playing well right now.

“Brandon’s a good football player,” Reid said. “And he’s doing a nice job this year. I’m happy for him there.”

Asked if Flowers was not a fit schematically, here’s what Reid had to say: “I wouldn’t say that. This is the National Football League, and this is how things work. The important thing is he’s happy and he’s doing well.”

Reid also said talented safety Eric Berry practiced Monday for the Chiefs and will practice again Wednesday. Berry hasn’t played since suffering a high-ankle sprain at Denver Sept. 14. Cornerback Ron Parker moved over to safety with Berry out.

“He’s making progress and feeling better,” Reid said about Berry. “We’ll just see how he does here.”