Brandon Flowers has today been released by the Kansas City Chiefs despite having made his first ever Pro Bowl appearance last season.
The cornerback himself made the announcement via Twitter, telling his followers:
"Just want to say thanks to the Hunt family for the 6years in Kansas City thanks to the fans and my teammates for some great years."
Flowers made 65 total tackles last season, as well as six assisted, finishing the 2013 regular season with 1 sack - performances which combined in the 28-year-old making the end of season Pro Bowl game.
The move may come as a surprise to some Chiefs fans, and indeed fans across the NFL, but according to CBS Sports the AFC West team had been looking to trade for Flowers ever since drafting rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines out of Rice in the third round of the 2014 Draft in May.
That makes the move seem a one made largely on financial grounds with Flowers set to earn a base salary of $5.5 million in the 2014 season - far more than rookie Gaines.
There are also rumors that Flowers was not a particular favorite with Chiefs' defensive coordinator Bob Sutton who has only been with the franchise since January 2013 and is clearly looking to put his personal stamp on Andy Reid's roster.
Following Flower's revelation, the Chiefs themselves released a statement thanking the veteran for his service:
"We appreciate Brandon's contributions to the team over the last six season," said General Manager John Dorsey.
"It's in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career."
Despite a mixed year last season with Flowers struggling in coverage despite making the Pro Bowl (he registered a -9.8 ranking), the player will no doubt have offers in the free agent market having been released Friday.
In terms of the effect it will have on the Chiefs' salary cap - the removal of Flowers from the roster will make up $7 million of dead money in 2014 and a further $4 million in 2015.
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