Arizona Cardinals hoping meeting with cornerback bears fruit

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 19: Defensive back Brandon Flowers
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 19: Defensive back Brandon Flowers /

The Arizona Cardinals’ scheduled meeting with Brandon Flowers indicates that they’re concerned with their cornerback group

The Arizona Cardinals could only fool themselves for so long. It appears that general manager Steve Keim is finally acknowledging that there’s a problem at the cornerback position. Its better late than never.

The Cardinals are scheduled to meet with cornerback Brandon Flowers on Wednesday. The team has a glaring hole at the corner spot opposite Patrick Peterson in their secondary, and are looking to find a remedy. Justin Bethel, the current starter, has been praised by head coach Bruce Arians, but now seems to be losing his grip on the job.

Flowers spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, after they selected him during the second round of the 2008 Draft. He was voted to the Pro Bowl following the 2013 campaign, his last one with the Chiefs. The 31-year old has been with the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers for the last three years.

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There are question marks surrounding the veteran. Flowers played in just six contests last season after suffering a concussion. He’s also a bit undersized at 5’9″, 187 pounds.

Nevertheless, Flowers is a talented cover guy. He has tallied 487 tackles, 21 interceptions, 110 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and four touchdowns during his nine professional seasons. If recovered from the concussion, Flowers would provide a significant upgrade to Arizona’s defensive backfield.

Flowers had his best year as a pro in 2009 with the Chiefs. He recorded 65 tackles, five picks and an incredible 23 passes defensed. He had another excellent campaign two years later, registering 59 tackles, four interceptions and 20 pass deflections.

The Cardinals may face some competition for Flower’s services. Reportedly, the New England Patriots have also shown interest. If Keim ultimately decides that Flowers would be a good fit with the franchise, he’d be smart to ink him to a deal before he gets out of town on Wednesday.