November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Vikings Inquire About Brandon Flowers

The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday parted ways with Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers, in a move believed to be largely money-related. According to Warpaint Illustrated, the Minnesota Vikings were among three teams that inquired about Flowers in the hours immediately after his release. The Lions and Falcons are the other two teams mentioned in the report.

The 5-9 Flowers made his first Pro Bowl in 2013, but analysts believe he was heavily overrated last season. Pro Football Focus rated him as just the 87th best corner in the NFL after ranking him 7th in 2012.

The reason for Flowers’ precipitous decline? A switch-over to a press-man scheme under new Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. The undersized Flowers is seen as more of a finesse player than a physical press corner, and he struggled in Sutton’s defense.

The Vikings will likely be employing more press coverage under new head coach Mike Zimmer and defensive coordinator George Edwards.

Flowers was mainly a slot corner by the end of his run in Kansas City, but the Vikings are set at #1 slot corner after the acquisition of Captain Munnerlyn. However, depth behind Munnerlyn could be a concern.

Minnesota has the cap space to add Flowers if they wish, and could certainly use some more experienced cornerbacks in the mix. Behind Munnerlyn and second-year man Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings depth chart features big question marks, from retread Derek Cox to 2013 goat Josh Robinson to role players Marcus Sherels, Shaun Prater and Julian Posey.

The Vikings also have a pair of rookie corners in Kendall James and Jabari Price.

Minnesota’s eagerness to inquire about Flowers – if the report cited above is indeed accurate – would tend to indicate a lack of confidence in the current stable of cornerbacks.

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  • D.J. Asmus

    Sign him!!! Skol Vikes!!

    • kyle

      If he was already having problems in a press-man scheme, then it makes no sense to bring him into the same scheme.

      • David Crosby

        I said the same thing when I read that. It’d have to be for depth behind the Captain.

        • kyle

          I wouldn’t sign him for depth either. It’d be like forcing Alteraun Verner into a press-man scheme when he’s better suited in a zone scheme. I wouldn’t touch Chris Houston either. I would rather see Cox/Robinson battle it out as the number two corner than sign somebody who wouldn’t fit in.

          • Daniel Laxen

            #1 CB Munnerlyn, #2 CB Rhodes…If they were to bring him in it would be for the slot CB…

          • kyle

            Well Rhodes would be covering the #1 receivers because he has the size to do so and Munnerlyn slides inside in the nickel. Again, why would we sign a guy who struggled in a press-man scheme when that’s exactly what Zimmer runs?

          • Mark Van Dorp

            He didn’t struggle in press-man. He just isn’t as good as he is in zone. He went to the pro bowl so he should do fine as a third corner

          • kyle

            Couple things. The chiefs switched from a zone scheme to a press-man scheme which he did struggle in. He went from a starting corner in the zone scheme to the nickel back in the press scheme when he’s already admitted that he doesn’t want to be the third corner. “Not being good” in the press scheme is another way of saying he struggled in that particular scheme. He’s a finesse corner that needs to go to a team that plays primarily zone schemes. He’s not a fit in this press scheme Zimmer employs.

          • Mark Van Dorp

            Realistically though, we probably had the worst cornerbacks on our team last year in Chris cook and josh Robinson. He can’t be worse than them, so I’m fine with signing him. It’s as simple as that. So he was ranked the third worst cornerback that was eligible, that’s better than the two players we had last year. I know we still ave josh but if we sign flowers he really wouldn’t find much playing time

          • JJSamurai

            As much as Chris Cook had little effect on the outcome of the Receivers, he would run stride for stride with the Receivers,he may do just fine in SF. He just wasn’t taught right at the NFL level. It is painfully obvious that none of the Backs were really taught proper techniques for Coverage. Sherels is fast, but he obviously was never taught how to cover properly either, sure he got an interception if it fell in his lap. The pass deflects he has had are mostly pure athletic ability. Zimmer has been putting his signature all over this defense and it is obvious, that they are turning into the Bengals defense fast. Last OTA’s Cassel threw 3 int’s and Bridgewater 1 int. That’s 4 int’s from a defense in one afternoon, and it was obvious that the int’s were created by the Defense, rather than a gift. So, I think with Munnerlyn, Cox, Rhodes, and all the CB we drafted and the free agents we picked up like Posey, Price, James, Prater, along with who we already have like Sherels and Robinson we should be okay. Some of these guys are already making some noise. I think one or two of these guys will show some promise as a Nickel back and depth for the edge. Prater showed some good coverage skills after coming to the team late in the season and stole one away on a legit go route down the outside from Nick Foles. He didn’t get picked off very much last year, and it wasn’t a gift or a tip from the line, it was a legit pass that he just ripped off. It’s looking good, as is. Of course a guy like Flowers is tempting. But I think Cox and Prater could both lock down the outside, opposite of Rhodes, just fine,

      • D.J. Asmus

        Good point, Kyle. I think I spoke too soon. Cary on.

  • Fro Buntu

    Josh Robinson is definately not a GOAT

    • Jesse

      goat. Not G.O.A.T.

      • Fro Buntu

        What does it mean to be a goat? An old goat? Looks like a goat? Eats the turf?

        • holymomentumbatman#84

          I hope I’m not getting suckered in here, because most people in this this thread, ( as well as myself ) know that G.O. A. T. means Greatest Of All Time. On the other ha

  • Justin Weishaar

    Bring him in. Zimmer can coach him up

    • Makabe Aberle

      Yes I agree he seems to be a good corner and was part of a Defense the last few years that have been in the top ten in turnovers.

  • JJSamurai

    He is worth a look, but that’s all.

  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    CB2 is a joke when we have Munnerlyn in the slot. Chris Cook dominated these options. Chris Cook. We need him or Houston.

    • David Mallow

      Definitely not Houston. I have liked Flowers since he was a freshman at VTech. I wouldn’t mind him, he and Munnerlyn manning the slot CB position with both having the ability to slide outside if need be. . bring him on

    • holymomentumbatman#84

      You can’t be for real. Chris Cook?? Really? Don’t you recall the crap he was spouting on Twitter, (among other media outlets) about the Vikings? He kept that shitty attitude as long as he was a Viking, whether in the locker room, in a bar, or on the field. In addition, he was always a LOUSY corner. The only thing Cook ever dominated was running off at the mouth. I’d rather have a blind man back there. LMFAO!!

  • Bob T

    You better be 6’1″ if you are gonna cover at CB. Cox needs to win that starting job. We don’t need to be 3 deep at slot corner. I can’t see Vikes signing Flowers. As far as cap space, there is still questions at LB.

    • David Mallow

      We only have one slot CB on our roster right now… he and Munnerlyn would be a phenominal pairing in that position. Rhodes, Cox, Robinson, James, and Prater are all better outside, so there is a lack of talent at the position.. And 5′ 10 is very respectable at the CB spot. If they can get him at a fair price, why not. ? A backup/rotational slot CB is needed..

      • holymomentumbatman#84

        It is very hard, (at least for me) to remember the last time Minnesota had a defensive backfield that was worth much more than a garden hose at a department store fire. Looking over the personnel the Vikings have now, there is indeed some talent there, but for my money, they ALL are going to have step it up a notch or two in 2014. IMHO, after the QB, those 4 or 5 guys back there are THE MOST CRUCIAL

        • Ryan Johnson

          Antoine winfiled wasn’t an amazing athlete. He was only 5’9 and a heck of a corner. I Think people are deceived in to believing a couple extra inches is really going to make THAT much difference. Now The guy has been a productive corner in the league for the last 6 years, and we have a coach that is known for his defensive abilities. What could it hurt to bring this guy in as depth or possible even the number 3 role? The more DB’s you have in this pass happy league the better.

      • kyle

        Sherels is actually an underrated slot corner. He has progressed nicely since his rookie season and would provide depth behind Munnerlyn.

        • Zack Selzman

          Sherels is not an underrated slot corner, if he were he would have played ahead of Robinson at that position and he did not. He has had one interception in three years and was more valuable on special teams than he was in the secondary. He could improve, but if he is not a good slot cornerback

          • kyle

            You can thank the previous coaching staff for the mishandling of both Robinson and Sherels last season. Robinson is better suited to play outside than in the slot as his rookie year (57 tackles, 2 picks) suggests.

            Sherels played when we had a ton of injuries in the secondary and faired well. If used properly, he’ll be solid depth.

  • kyle

    I’m surprised nobody here is giving Cox the chance to regain his form he had in Jaxonville. He was a great player for the jags and was in a bad situation in San Diego in a zone scheme. He’ll be able to get back into a press scheme where he thrived. I’m really hoping for a fight between Cox and Robinson as the #2 corner in the nickel. Both would be nice options on the outside.

  • Zack Selzman

    He had one bad year during a transition, he is a solid slot corner and we lack depth at slot. Zimmer and Edwards are talented enough to come up with a scheme that complements the players that they have available to them. That is what separates great coaches from mediocre coaches. Flowers has a lot of talent and could definitely improve. There is no doubt that some of the Vikings secondary players are going to step up this year, but it is highly unlikely that all of them will make a big step up this year, so that leaves the Vikings very thin at Secondary and Flowers would be a very smart move for them.

  • thumbody

    Another 5’9 guy in a 6’3 league, do not get these signings these days.