The Oakland Raiders have made a plethora of moves to improve their defense this offseason. Another move that would further upgrade that unit is signing cornerback Brandon Flowers. Flowers was released by Oakland's division rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, Friday and would make sense for the Raiders.
Oakland still has some need at cornerback. The team is counting on second year man DJ Hayden, but his injury history is a concern. Hayden is currently in a walking boot as he deals with an ankle injury that has kept him out of two weeks of Organized Team Activity sessions. The seriousness of the injury is unknown, but having a contingency plan in Flowers seems like a very intelligent strategy.
Flowers is coming off a Pro Bowl season with the Chiefs. The 28-year-old was released due to financial reasons, not for his play on the field. In 2013, Flowers played in and started 13 games, recording 68 tackles, eight pass defenses, and an interception. The 5-8, 187 pound cornerback has 17 career interceptions in six seasons.
General manager Reggie McKenzie has proven over the course of free agency that he will not overspend. The price will have to be right for the Raiders to make a move. They still have more than 10 million in salary cap space available so they can make a competitive offer.
There will be significant interest in Flowers, so the Raiders will have to act quickly if they are considering bringing him in. Detroit released cornerback Chris Houston, who could be another possibility for Oakland. The Raiders are trying to improve a pass defense that ranked 28th in the NFL, allowing 255.8 yards per game. The pass rush is improved and a player like Flowers would benefit the secondary. The team brought in two former San Francisco 49ers in Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers as well as drafting Keith McGill in the 2014 NFL Draft to improve the cornerback position. With the addition of Flowers, the Raiders cornerback position could go from question mark last season to strength in 2014.
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