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June 24, 2014

Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers signs with Chargers

Veteran, who was cut on June 13, has agreed to a one-year deal with AFC West rival San Diego.

The Chiefs will get to see their old friend Brandon Flowers twice next season.

Flowers, a seven-year veteran cornerback who was cut by the Chiefs toward the end of organized team activities, has agreed to a one-year deal with AFC West rival San Diego, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal is reportedly worth $5 million, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The Chargers had about $2.3 million in cap space, according to Players Association records, before the deal, which means it likely includes several bonuses and escalators.

Flowers, 28, had a strong six-year stint with the Chiefs after being drafted in the second round in 2008, racking up 374 career tackles and 17 interceptions.

Flowers made his first Pro Bowl last season, when he recorded 68 tackles and one interception during the regular season. However, he struggled at times as he adjusted to a new role as a nickel back and also battled through a knee injury. He seemed to be in far better health toward the end of the season, when he recorded an interception in the Chiefs' 45-44 first-round playoff loss to Indianapolis.

Flowers, however, is shorter than the Chiefs prefers their corners to be — he is listed at 5 feet 9 and 187 pounds — and with their third-round pick in this year's draft, the front office decided to select Phillip Gaines of Rice, a taller, rangier corner at 6 feet 1 and 185 pounds.

Flowers, who skipped the start of the offseason training program on April 21, also decided to skip all 10 voluntary practices of organized team activities, and finally, on June 13 — the final day of OTAs — the Chiefs released Flowers, creating roughly $7.5 million of cap room.

According to NFL Players Association records, the Chiefs now have about $9.4 million in cap room, which should presumably be enough space to sign quarterback Alex Smith and outside linebacker Justin Houston — both of whom have only one year left on their deals — to lucrative extensions.

Barring an injury, the Chiefs will get to see Flowers again when they travel to San Diego to face the Chargers on Oct. 19. Flowers will return to Arrowhead Stadium in the regular-season finale Dec. 28.

| Terez A. Paylor, tpaylor@kcstar.com.

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