"I was very surprised when it happened," Flowers said on Wednesday's edition of NFL Total Access. "I know I hit the (salary) cap pretty hard, but I thought if I was going to get traded or released it would be in February or March sometime.
"The timing that they did it, it kind of hit me. So that's why I stayed in the division. I want to play the Chiefs again, let them know how I felt about it."
Flowers spent the first six seasons of his career in Kansas City, starting 87 of 88 games and earning a Pro Bowl nod last season. Flowers proved himself to be a staunch self-believer when asked who was the best cornerback in the game.
"Oh, first off, let me just say I'm the best corner in football," he said with a grin. "Let's get that clear. Don't let my injuries last year fool you, or take my name from the top list."
Flowers went on to name Darrelle Revis as the corner he admires most. Like Revis, Flowers has something to prove after being dumped well before his contract was up. Never underestimate the power of motivation.