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Now-retired CB Brandon Flowers has one last request for the Chiefs

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After officially retiring from the league as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, nine-year-old NFL cornerback Brandon Flowers has one final request for the defending champion AFC West:

Flowers wants to be the volunteer drummer for one of the team’s games against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The former Pro Bowl cornerback sat down with Kansas City’s Mitch Holthus and Matt McMullen to discuss what Flowers thinks is his favorite game: a 58-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter on the road against the Raiders in 2011 The interception returned for a touchdown that sealed a 28-0 win for Kansas City that day.

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Flowers cited the post on Twitter about his favorite game, where he directed the request to the Chiefs.

“Nothing like Chiefs Kingdom! I would like to play the Raiders with a drum kit one last time this season. (cough, cough),” he wrote on June 12.

On June 9, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that Flowers had officially retired from the NFL as a member of the organization.

While it was unexpected that neither the team nor Flowers announced their decision beforehand, it was still a deserved gesture for Flowers.

Flowers was drafted in the second round by Kansas City from Virginia Tech in 2008 and spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Chiefs. During that time, he recorded 373 tackles, 90 pass defenses and 21 interceptions in 88 regular-season games played, according to Pro Football Reference.

After the 2013 season, which saw his first Pro Bowl nomination, Flowers signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the San Diego Chargers. Flowers played three seasons for the Chargers before first announcing his retirement in 2017.

Twitter users reacted to the news of Flowers’ official retirement.

“Flowers was such an underrated player for KC. I am glad to see that he is taking his rightful place alongside several others #bosses Greats have recently returned to a celebratory retirement,” wrote Chiefs Wire’s Charles Goldman.

@BFlowers24 is one of my favorite chiefs of all time. I’ll never forget the game where KC defeated the Raiders 28-0. Two-four had 2 picks, took home 1, and bent over the black hole, creating one of my favorite Chiefs photos of all time…” wrote another user.

“One of my favorite players growing up and still a jersey I have today from that era of Chiefs football. Happy retirement!” wrote another user.

Negotiations for a long-term deal between Orlando Brown Jr. and the Chiefs had been delayed due to Brown’s search for proper representation.

Now that he’s found an agent, Brown has until July 15 to finalize a new deal with the Chiefs. If the two sides don’t agree on a new deal, under franchise tag rules, Brown and Kansas City can only agree to a one-year deal for at least $17.4 million.

With the July 15 deadline a little over four weeks away, Brown’s new agent, Delta Sports Group’s Michael Portner, has revealed the timeline in which he has been “preparing” for a deal between Brown and the Chiefs.

“I’m fully prepared for this to hit the spot,” Portner told The Athletic’s Nate Taylor as he anticipates a long-term deal between Brown and the Chiefs going through. “If we make a deal a week before (the deadline) that’s the right deal, that’s great. But I’m fully prepared for this (five-week) marathon. Even if it’s something that gets done close to the deadline, we’re happy as long as it’s the right deal.”

Portner also confirmed Armando Salguero’s report to Forbes Sports’ Jeff Fedotin that Brown wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid lineman. Brown also spoke to NFL Total Access about why he’s “very confident” he can agree to a long-term contract with the Chiefs this offseason.

Now that he’s found an agent, Brown has until July 15 to finalize a new deal with the Chiefs. If the two sides don’t agree on a new deal, under franchise tag rules, Brown and Kansas City can only agree to a one-year deal for at least $17.4 million.



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