Flowers, who was selected to the Pro Bowl last season, has played his entire career with the Chiefs since being drafted in 2008. But a high price tag and an inconsistent campaign in 2013 were two likely factors in the Chiefs decision to part ways with the former second round pick out of Virginia Tech.
Houston, a second round pick in the 2007 draft, had his contract terminated after injuries have hampered his development since entering the league.
The Baltimore Ravens are a team who could be in the market for a third cornerback with legitimate starting experience. Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson have been given the early nod in the competition for the available starting spot in the Ravens secondary.
However, both are unproven and haven't shown the capability yet of playing at a consistent high level. And while the young and inexperienced corners will receive the opportunity to prove themselves, the Ravens front office might look at the two corners that are joining the open market.
Which of those two cornerback could intrigue Baltimore the most? The advantage should be given to Flowers, who has not only performed better than Houston over the course of their careers, but also poses a better track record of staying healthy. Pro Football Focus has been high on Flowers in recent years.
It's unclear what Flowers could command in free agency. While he had a disappointing season in 2013, the struggles were due in large part to a poor scheme fit. That is why he could have a handful of teams pursuing his services in the coming weeks.
The question remains whether the Ravens will pursue these vets, or stick with the talent they are developing on their own.