— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 24, 2014
If the Steelers and Brandon Flowers ever discussed dollars required to sign the pending free agent cornerback, who reportedly signed a 1-year, $5 million deal with the Chargers Tuesday, it's clear the two sides weren't going to see eye-to-eye.
The Steelers have roughly $6 million in cap space, and if $5 million for one season was the Chargers' initial offer - it was reportedly the only team he visited in the two weeks since being released by the Chiefs - there wasn't a need to visit the Steel City.
It was a longshot, but the Steelers' interest was valid at the onset. It was worth exploring, if Flowers wanted to play on a one-year contract. He apparently was. The Steelers might have been wise to see if they could work out something of a two-year deal with him but ultimately, the wisest move for Flowers, considering the timing of his release (well after the vast majority of free agency money had been spent by every team) was to take a one-year deal and look into free agency in 2015.
Perhaps he's a player the Steelers will look at next year. For now, the $6 million remains under the Steelers' control with a month left before training camp begins.