The Detroit Lions are reportedly interested in free agent cornerback, Brandon Flowers.
On the same day Houston was cut the Kansas City Chiefs cut Flowers, a seventh year corner out of Virginia Tech, and a pro-bowler in 2013.
Flowers is considered to be a “massive upgrade” over Houston by NFL.com’s Greg Rosenthal, who ranks Detroit forth on a list of seven teams considered to be likely destinations for Flowers to land.
Furthermore, speculation has recently spiked considering the Lions overall level of overall interest in Flowers.
The Lions are seriously considering making a run at free agent corner Brandon Flowers — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 16, 2014
Ten NFL teams, including Ravens, Vikings, Falcons, Lions, reached out to Brandon Flowers so far. In preliminary stage, according to a source
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) June 16, 2014
Despite his Pro Bowl effort last year, Flowers was given a -5.9 grade by Pro Football Focus (87th among cornerbacks). However, the 28-year-old cornerback has played at a pretty high level over the years, especially in coverage.
The Lions had an obvious need for help in the defensive backfield before the termination of Houston’s contract. As it stands right now, Darius Slay is considered the No. 1 corner on the roster. Whether or not Slay is ready to cover No. 1 receivers regularly, (especially in the NFC North) has been a debate all week in Detroit. Flowers would be a welcomed addition despite the concerns of his “fit” and small size at 5’9″. The Lions limited salary cap space is also an issue. To see if anything materializes past preliminary discusions we will have to stay tuned.