Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report reported Tuesday that the team is "willing to deal" cornerback Brandon Flowers in exchange for picks. Kansas City rides into this week's draft with just six selections and pressing needs at wideout and along the offensive line.
Trading him won't be easy. Due $5.25 million this season, Flowers is just three years into a six-year, $49.35 million contract.
Teams aren't going to jump to pay that money to a corner who saw 95 of his peers grade higher in pass coverage last season, per Pro Football Focus. Despite his struggles, he was voted into the Pro Bowl despite just one interception over 928 snaps.
Part of his struggles were scheme-specific. Flowers didn't transition well into coordinator Bob Sutton's defense, getting burned in press coverage and allowing quarterbacks to compile a 103.9 passer rating against him in 13 starts.
Flowers still has the makings of a solid starter, especially in the slot, with Pompei noting that the scouts he's spoken with see the 28-year-old defender as a "tough, scrappy player who is an above-average cover man."
We love trades around here, but moving Flowers could be a chore.