Good Move, Bad Move: Brandon Flowers

Pro Bowl CB | Brandon Flowers

On Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs officially released veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers. It's been reported that ten teams have already expressed an interest in signing the talented defensive back and Gang Green is in the market for a proven commodity to shore up its secondary. With training camp just around the corner, should Rex Ryan and company make a push for the former Kansas City standout?

A position of strength has quickly dissolved into a point of weakness. The question for GM John Idzik is, will it become a point of emphasis and ultimately addressed? That position is cornerback. Just two seasons ago, the Jets had the tandem of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Now, its Dee Milliner opposite Dimitri Patterson as the Jets head into training camp. Needless to say, the Jets could use a talent upgrade. Though, the question becomes how should they go about strengthening this flaw? One option is Brandon Flowers, who was recently cut by Kansas City and is out on the open market. Should Idzik nab the troubled cornerback from KC, or let another team deal with his troubles?

To properly analyze any personnel move requires taking into account simple economic principles. In this case, when viewing Brandon Flowers' potential move to Gang Green, it is imperative that the simple economic principle of supply and demand be examined. In this scenario, the corner position is a sought after roster spot, but with very few quality corners on the market. Therefore, the demand for one is very high and in turn, the desire to obtain one is coming from a plethora of teams. Using this principle, it seems wise to get Flowers, given the high demand for corners in the NFL, and the potential for another team to snatch him away.

However, there is a simpler, more obvious answer available to Idzik. This involves an honest assessment of his current options at corner, and immediately realizing he has assembled a collection of inexperienced and unproven players to man undoubtedly the most important position in the Jets defensive scheme under Rex Ryan.

Ultimately, this move must be made out of necessity and over time may be viewed as a necessary evil if Flowers does not perform. He is far from the perfect player, with numerous flaws both on and off the field, most notably his lack of size and lack of discipline. However, Flowers possesses multiple positive characteristics. Specifically, he would provide a veteran presence to this current collection of corners for Gang Green.

Flowers could ease the transition from the secondary, to primary corner for Milliner, while developing and enabling Dimitri Patterson to establish himself as a serviceable NFL player. Is it a perfect match? No, but at this point for Idzik and the Jets, at least attempting to bring in Flowers is a necessary and important one.

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