Vikings have expressed interest in free agent CB Brandon Flowers
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The Minnesota Vikings have 18 defensive backs on the roster, but there's room for a Pro Bowler in the secondary.
The Vikings have placed a call inquiring about free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers, who was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs just three seasons after signing a five-year, $50 million extension. Flowers, 28, has at least one interception in each of his six seasons in the NFL, totaling 17 across his career.
Flowers has played both right and left cornerback for the Chiefs and was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2013. He was rated a top 10 cornerback by ProFootballFocus.com for four consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2012, but fell to 87th after playing 13 games last season.
The Vikings are in the market for a third cornerback to accompany Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn after allowing a league-high 37 passing touchdowns last season. Minnesota brought in Derek Cox this offseason to compete for that spot, but it'd be difficult to ignore Flowers' pedigree.
Still, the Chiefs were willing to split $7 million in dead money across 2014 and 2015's caps to shed the high-priced corner. The Vikings have $7.7 million in cap space left for this year, per ESPN, and could afford to make a move if they're not deterred by any red flags outside of his contract in Kansas City.
The Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, who recently cut cornerback Chris Houston, have also reportedly inquired about Flowers.