Many of the top cornerbacks on the free agent market aren't going to make it to free agency.
The move is an echo of Kareem Jackson's contract with the Houston Texans, which was agreed to on Saturday. Flowers was the No. 2 cornerback on our top 101 free agents list, while Jackson was No. 3. The top cornerback on the list -- Byron Maxwell -- could have a deal in place with Philadelphia before free agency starts.
While Flowers doesn't have the prototypical size of some new school cornerbacks, he's been incredibly consistent throughout his career. He was a better-than-average starting cornerback for most of his time in Kansas City, signing a big contract with $22 million guaranteed in 2011. The Chiefs cut bait with Flowers after a down 2013 campaign and the timing of the move hurt Flowers' ability to get paid last offseason.
Flowers bet on himself with a one-year deal in San Diego last June, and put together another outstanding season. Alongside second-year pro Jason Verrett and Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, Flowers is part of a talented secondary in San Diego. The Chargers' defense still needs to find a pass rush, and we'd expect them to be active in free agency.