Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego expects to see the Chargers to show some interest in recently released CB Drayton Florence.
Acee adds that they tried multiple times to come to a contract extension with him when he was on their team. Cornerback was the one position that wasn’t addressed during the draft by GM A.J. Smith and his staff, so it seems reasonable to think that they would explore available options, especially someone that they valued highly in the past.
The 31 year old Florence spent 3 seasons with the Bills and although he recorded some solid stats, 168 total tackles and 7 interceptions during his tenure in Buffalo, Florence struggled mightily in pass protection during the 2011 season, allowing opposing team’s QB’s to post an average of a 103.3 passer rating of passes thrown in his direction. Florence saw more time at the position than any other defensive back on the Bills roster, but was not able to provide any stability in the secondary. The arrival of rookie CB Stephon Gilmore along with last year’s second-round pick Aaron Williams, suggests that they plan to move on in a different direction and get younger at the position. The $4 million that Florence was due as part of his base salary also makes for another strong reason as to why the Bills made him expandable.
It’s likely that a team needy of depth at the cornerback position will consider taking a flier on Florence at some point, but the market for veteran players has been declining across the board, so there are really no guarantees.