After missing organized team activities, Ereck Flowers finally reported to the New York Giants facility on Monday per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
When the Giants moved through organized team activities back in early April, Flowers was the lone Giant not to attend. He also missed the optional veterans’ program held from April 24-26.
Former first-round pick Ereck Flowers, who has missed the Giants’ off-season program, returned to work and the teams’ training facility today, per source.
A trade is still an option, but for now, the Giants intend to play him at right tackle.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 14, 2018
Due to Flowers’ absence from the team’s workouts, the Giants tried to trade him during the draft, but were unsuccessful. The Giants did, however, decline the fifth year on Flowers’ contract which will make him a free agent at the end of this season.
The24-year-old Flowers three seasons with the Giants has been a disaster. When the Giants took him ninth overall in the 2015 draft, they thought he would protect Eli Manning’s blindside for the remainder of his career.
But he constantly struggled against edge rushers and seemed to regress every year.
This prompted general manager Dave Gettleman to go out and sign Nate Solder making him the richest left tackle in NFL history with a four-year, $62 million deal. The Giants acquiring Solder apparently bothered Flowers and was the reason he decided not to show up for the team’s workouts.
Safety Landon Collins spoke about on WFAN’s Boomer & Gio talk show
“He’s just unhappy that they picked up (Nate Solder),” Collins told hosts, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti. “I would say he needs to be here, as a teammate and as a captain because we need him here, need to get the line together so they can be on the same page.”
Flowers hired high-profile sports agent Drew Rosenhaus a few weeks ago, and from there, things began to smooth over between Flowers and the Giants.
Now that Flowers has finally showed up to the team’s facility, the plan is for him to compete with Chad Wheeler to be the starting right tackle.
The Giants have to hope that Flowers is motivated by the position he’s played in his three seasons was taken away from him, and that the Giants declined the fifth year of his contract.