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Ravens make contact with cornerback Brandon Flowers, source says

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The Ravens continue to monitor the veteran cornerback market and are among the teams that have reached out to former Pro Bowl selection Brandon Flowers since he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, according to a source.

Ten teams have made contact with Flowers since his release, including the Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, with no deal imminent, according to a source.

The Ravens are evaluating the remaining cornerback free agents while giving Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson first crack at replacing veteran Corey Graham as their primary nickel back. Graham signed with the Buffalo Bills in March. The Ravens would ideally like to add more competition while still giving plenty of work to Brown and Jackson as they make their bid for the third cornerback job behind starters Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, according to sources.

Flowers, 28, was cut by the Chiefs after a rough season (despite his being selected to the Pro Bowl) He was a no-show at voluntary organized team activities.

Flowers had 68 tackles, an interception and a sack last season while dealing with a knee injury. He was playing under a six-year, $50 million contract that include $22 million guaranteed.

Flowers didn't excel in press coverage, and the 5-foot-9, 187-pound player from Virginia Tech had a Pro Football Focus grade of minus-5.9. He has registered 374 career tackles, 17 interceptions and four forced fumbles in six NFL seasons since the Chiefs selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft.

“We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the team over the last six seasons,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement Friday. “It’s in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career.”

The Ravens' interest in cornerbacks isn't confined to Flowers as they'll consider several from a group that includes Asante Samuel, Dunta Robinson, Drayton Florence, Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross, Jabari Greer and Quentin Jammer.

Cornerback Chris Houston was cut by the Lions last week after offseason toe surgery and isn't regarded as ready to play at this stage of his rehabilitation from the procedure.

Florence, who played last season for the Carolina Panthers and recently worked out for the Tennessee Titans, expressed interest in playing for the Ravens. Florence is among the cornerbacks under consideration from the Ravens, according to a source.

Florence indicated that he'll be at the Ravens' minicamp that starts Tuesday.

"I can help them win," Florence said. "I really want to be a part of their team."

Florence, 33, started five of 14 games last season for the Panthers. He had 26 tackles and two interceptions.

A 2003 San Diego Chargers second-round draft pick from Tuskegee, Florence has played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions.

A former teammate of Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith with the Panthers and Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith with the Jaguars, Florence is a big cornerback at 6 feet, 198 pounds.

Florence has 468 career tackles, 20 interceptions and 95 pass deflections.

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