Giants Rumors: Ereck Flowers Attends Giants Workouts After Trade Reports

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  Ereck Flowers #74 of the New York Giants defends against  Frank Zombo #51 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 19, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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While Ereck Flowers' long-term future with the New York Giants remains in some doubt, the fourth-year offensive tackle reported to team facilities Monday, ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported.

According to Raanan, the Giants were unsuccessful in their attempts to trade Flowers and will instead slot him in at right tackle, with a trade still on the table if New York gets the right offer.

The Giants declined Flowers' fifth-year option earlier this month, so he'll be a free agent at the end of the 2018 campaign.

The move didn't come as a surprise. Flowers has struggled since New York selected him ninth overall in 2015. The team also signed Nate Solder to be their starting left tackle, giving him $62 million over four years. 

Giants safety Landon Collins said earlier this month Flowers had missed the team's voluntary offseason program because he was "unhappy" the team signed Solder, which necessitates Flower move from the left side of the line to the right.

Collins later told The Athletic's Dan Duggan that Flowers is ready to play wherever New York needs him:

Ranaan noted the Giants have few options at right tackle. They selected offensive guard Will Hernandez in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft but opted against adding another tackle. New York's other notable free-agent addition along the line was another guard, Patrick Omameh, as well.

As a result, Flowers has a good chance of remaining a starter in the Big Apple for at least another year.

Holding on to Flowers could ultimately be a shrewd move for the Giants. He's a much better fit at right tackle, where his poor pass-blocking won't be an issue, and he'll be motivated to play himself into a big contract next offseason.

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