Many expected the Pittsburgh Steelers to target the cornerback position early on in the 2014 NFL Draft.
That didn’t happen, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t an opportunity to seriously upgrade the position before training camp begins.
According to Behind the Steel Curtain, sources have confirmed that there is interest in the Steelers from free agent corner Brandon Flowers, who was recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs due to salary concerns.
It would make sense that Flowers wouldn’t be employed long. It also would make sense that the Steelers would have some interest, but likely won’t be able to afford Flowers.
The news of the Steelers interest in Flowers was also confirmed by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
Free agent CB Brandon Flowers not negotiating w/teams yet. Will spend the next 2 days in SD. BAL, PIT, MIN among those monitoring closely
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 18, 2014
According to several reports, there will be as many as 10 teams interested in the 2013 Pro Bowler, which given the Steelers lack of salary cap room likely won’t make them one of the favorites.
Flowers was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Flowers has recorded 374 tackles, two sacks, 17 interceptions and four forced fumbles from 2008-13 with the Chiefs.
While Flowers should command money than the Steelers can offer at this point, with training camp roughly only six weeks away, he won’t be in a great position to break the bank, something he was looking for from Kansas City.
Again, it makes sense that the Steelers would show interest in Flowers as he would be a great addition to their aging secondary. But it would have to come at the right price and I wouldn’t hold my breath at that happening.