If you watch the San Diego Chargers on a regular basis, you know that their secondary is more than likely the weakest part of the team. Okay, that is putting it mildly in recent years.
Management went another step further in trying to address that issue, signing former Kansas City star Brandon Flowers earlier in the week after the Chiefs released him.
Flowers, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance this past season, has tallied 421 tackles and 17 interceptions in six seasons with the the rival AFC West Chiefs. During his 2013 campaign in Kansas City, Flowers recorded 68 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception, while also grabbing an interception in the Chiefs’ thrilling AFC playoff loss to Indianapolis.
At 5’9″, 187 pounds, Flowers was originally the 35th overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech.
Chiefs sign Jones after Chargers cut him
In an ironic twist to this story, the Chiefs claimed CB Brandon Jones (Patriots, Giants, Steelers, Chargers) off waivers from San Diego, the man the Chargers cut in order to sign Flowers. Got all that?
While it remains to be seen if Jones has an impact in the nation’s heartland, Charger faithful are certainly hoping Flowers does on the West Coast.
Flowers will bring experience to the secondary in both games played and his knowledge of the AFC West, most notably the Chiefs.
In this year’s NFL Draft, San Diego (beat Kansas City in both meetings a season ago) went out and got CB Jason Verrett (TCU) with the 25th overall pick, along with signing rookie free agent CB’s Chris Davis (Auburn) and Greg Ducre (Washington), and safety Alden Darby (Arizona St.)
During the 2013 season, San Diego gave up more than 4,000 yards of passing, finishing with an average of 259 yards per game.
The Chargers open camp next month, with the first pre-season game at home on Aug. 7 (7 p.m.) versus Dallas.