Brandon Flowers was never the player the Los Angeles Chargers hoped he would be for them.
According to Steve Wyche of NFL Network, Flowers will call it a career on Tuesday after not being able to find a new playing home. The 2016 season, one in which Flowers played sparingly due to a concussion, will go down as his last.
Early in his career, which began with the Kansas City Chiefs, Flowers seemed poised to become one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
As a rookie, Flowers had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. By 2013, he was becoming a true shutdown corner, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl that year. But following that season, he was unceremoniously released by the Chiefs.
Kansas City may have been looking to shave money to save against the salary cap, but Flowers signed with the Chargers less than two weeks later and it’s likely that he signed within the AFC West in order to go up against his former team twice a year.
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But things just never worked out with the Chargers. He never played in a full 16-game season and had just four interceptions in parts of three seasons there. His 2016 season consisted of just six games.
The Chargers released Flowers in March, a move that should have surprised no one. But after that, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots all expressed interest. It seemed Arizona would be the best place for him, but it chose to go with veteran Tramon Williams instead.
That left Flowers with few options, so he’s cutting his losses.
It’s too bad things didn’t work for him with the Chargers. Had he stayed healthy, he easily could have been better than he was with the Chiefs. Instead, he’s just another in a long, recent list of players who have been debilitated by injuries for the Chargers.