As the New York Giants continue to overhaul the offensive line and bring new players in, a former first-round pick from the Jerry Reese era might be on his way out.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, former left tackle for the Giants, Ereck Flowers, might be on the trading block come draft day.
It wouldn't be a surprise if the #Giants attempted to trade Ereck Flowers during the draft, according to @JordanRaanan of ESPN. Flowers hasn't been at offseason workout programs and it doesn't appear like he's well received by the team.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) April 22, 2018
Flowers was told by head coach Pat Shurmur that he would be sliding to right tackle after the signing of former Patriots’ left tackle, Nate Solder. Flowers will battle with undrafted player Chad Wheeler for the starting RT job, but Flowers is expected to be the front-runner.
The third-year tackle has been the only player missing from OTA’s for the Giants, which surely casts a dark shadow over him considering the expectations of the new regime.
What could the Giants get out of him?
If the Giants are actually trying to extract some value from the young tackle, they will likely look to some teams that may be in need of a depth tackle or potential starting RT.
An asking price of a 3rd round pick might be the best case scenario for the Giants, with a 5-6th rounder being the worst. Expectations are that Flowers will improve at the right tackle spot, simply because it’s his dominant side. Despite the technical adjustments, he is better suited to protect Manning’s right side.
The Giants have the option to pick up Flowers’ fifth-year option, but it seems as if they’re far from interested in investing more in the first-round bust. Picking up the option would raise his salary to $12.5 million in 2019, which would be guaranteed even if Flowers suffered a season ending injury. This year he will only count $2.4 million against the cap, which doesn’t take a serious toll on the Giants’ appropriated moneys.
Unless Flowers shows serious improvements as a right tackle, we should expect to see him either dished out or allowed to walk in 2019.