Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends the pass by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the second half at FedEx Field. The Chiefs won 45 – 10. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
The Chargers signed 2013 Pro Bowl corner Brandon Flowers Tuesday. He played his first 6 seasons with the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. He was selected 35th overall in 2008 out of Virginia Tech, where he once finished 3rd in the NCAA in passes defended. Last year he finished with 65 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack and 9 passes defended.
A good thing about Flowers is that he has started nearly every game he has played. Also he has nearly played in every game since he was drafted. This means he is durable. The Chargers desperately need a durable, reliable corner. He has only missed 8 total games since being drafted. In his career, he has 328 tackles, 17 interceptions, 3 of them returned for touchdowns. He also has 2 career sacks. He also had an interception against the Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. He has played in 2 career postseason games. He averages almost 4 tackles a game, which is pretty good for a corner.
One of the main reasons for excitement about this signing is the addition of a veteran presence in the secondary. He can mentor first round draft pick Jason Verrett. With him and Eric Weddle in the secondary, the Chargers immediately have a core group of accomplished veterans to build around.
As a fun fact, Flowers has played in 10 games against the Chargers racking up 41 tackles and 2 interceptions. This signing shows that the front office isn’t playing games this year. 2014 is a year to be excited about Chargers football. The numbers show it, Brandon Flowers is a welcome addition to the San Diego Chargers.