The Pittsburgh Steelers missed out on a top corner like Dre Kirkpatrick, forcing them to consider middle-tier options. Brandon Flowers is one name they’re apparently interested in, according to a report filed by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Steelers have had contact with reps for cornerback Brandon Flowers (recently cut by Chargers). Won’t sign now but could circle back.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 10, 2017
As Fowler points out, the Steelers are in a wait-and-see mode with Flowers, perhaps waiting to see how the rest of the market unfolds before making a decision.
Flowers spent the last three years with the San Diego Chargers, picking off four passes. But health has been an issue. He never played all 16 games in any of those seasons and only has done so once in his career, way back in 2011. His 2016 campaign was limited to just six games. He suffered a concussion in Week 3, returned for Week 8, and suffered another concussion two weeks later, missing the rest of the season. Flowers suffered at least one other concussion in 2014 and his 2015 year abruptly ended with a knee injury.
A Charger with a history of concussions? There’s certainly some deja vu there.
It’s clear the Steelers are interested in adding a cornerback, currently sitting with zero depth at the position. Flowers just turned 31 and with his history of injuries, would be an unusual gamble for the team. He is likely a Plan C option after the Steelers explore more attractive options on the market. On the plus side, since the Chargers cut him, he would not count against the 2018 compensatory formula.