Brandon Flowers, the 35 overall selection for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft has not been to any of the Chiefs' organized team activities in 2014 leading us to believe different things about the beloved Pro Bowl cornerback. Among the reasons of why Flowers has not been present has been contract issues, trade rumors, the possibility he is being cut, and the fact that the OTAs are only voluntary. Let us examine each of these possibilities one by one.
Brandon Flowers signed a 6-year / $48.35-million dollar deal in September of 2011. His deal included $10-million dollar signing bonus and $22-million guaranteed. Brandon Flower's deal is solid and he should not be upset with his current contract as his salary averages out to be $8,225,000 per year. He received his $2,000,000 roster bonus on June 2nd, which was the date many thought he would be cut or traded by so the organization would save money, but he is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Note: There has been little rumored on the possibility that he is unhappy with his current contract or that Dorsey is trying to get him to restructure his deal.
Cut or Trade Rumors:
Therehas not been much recent news beyond the "Chiefs are 'willing' to trade Brandon Flowers" flurry of articles which were before the draft. Sure the possiblility of trading Brandon Flowers still exists, but the likelihood is low because of his current contract and salary. Ifthe Chiefs do find a trade parter and trade Flowers, they would save $3.5-million this year and $11.5-million in 2015 whichequals nearly the same amount of money the Chiefs would save in just cutting him. What would the Chiefs get in return for trading Brandon Flowers beyond the savings of cap space?
Note: The Kansas City Chiefs could have asked Brandon Flowers to stay away from OTAs to avoid him learning any of the new defensive schemes or risk injury.
OTAs Are Voluntary:
The organized team activities are not manditory, so Brandon Flowers a very professional NFL player is entitled to enjoy the last few days before training camp in July.
What is your explanation of Brandon Flowers absense, Chiefs fans?
Personally, I want Brandon Flowers to stay with the Kansas City Chiefs, but I want Dorsey to restructure his deal to make it a little more team-friendly so that Houston can be resigned longterm. I do not want the Kansas City Chiefs to cut him just to save money as that would likely lead to worse on-field production. His absense from the OTAs is more than puzzeling, because I would expect he would be there with his teammates.