Most Kansas City Chiefs fans do not approve of the decision by GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid to release CB Brandon Flowers. This according to our latest approval poll which includes nearly 3,00 votes. 56 percent of Chiefs fans did NOT approve the move.
As usual, there's some good and some bad in this.
This creates more cap space that the Chiefs can use to extend their own players.
This was a largely financial move by the Chiefs. GM John Dorsey would like to go into the season around $10 million in cap space and this move gets him there. Even though I may not fully approve the move right now because it just depends how they use the cap space, I can understand the logic. The Chiefs need space to potentially do a long-term contact extension this summer with Alex Smith and / or Justin Houston. This gives them more space and flexibility to do that.
Put it this way: Would you release Flowers if it meant extensions for Smith and Houston? I believe I would, and I hope that's the case.
The player acquisition periods are mostly over. Free agency and the draft are done. The Chiefs can't do much more to add new players at this point (outside of roster cuts near the end of the preseason). It's great to have to have that extra cap space but we can't even say for sure if the Chiefs will be using it this year. There's no guarantee they strike a deal and use it on Smith or Houston this year.
The Chiefs are a worse team after cutting Flowers. They got worse at a position group that became a problem last year. Other players will develop from last year but they won't replace Flowers' talent.
With a fourth of their schedule against Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, the Chiefs got worse at cornerback.
I'm not saying it was necessarily the wrong move ... just that the Chiefs are definitely worse at that position.