Ereck Flowers was a no-show to the Giants' voluntary offseason workout on Monday, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Flowers, who will be shifting from left tackle to right tackle this season, struggled badly last season -- after which the Giants signed former Patriots left tackle Nate Solder to a four-year deal worth $62 million.
The 23-year-old Flowers, who the Giants selected 9th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, has a cap hit of $4.579 million this season.
Flowers will be a free agent after the season unless the Giants pick up his fifth-year option.
Of all the players on the roster who seemingly needed to be in New Jersey for the start of the Giants' offseason training program, Ereck Flowers figured to be at the top of the list. He's coming off three largely poor seasons, his effort and attitude were questioned at the end of last season, and he's about to switch positions.
So what an odd choice by the odd 23-year-old to be the only player on the team not to show for Day 1.
Maybe he has a good excuse, but according to one team source, they were not aware of anything that kept Flowers away. Sure, the program is "voluntary," but new head coach Pat Shurmur -- like all coaches, really -- made it clear he wanted his players there. He wants to start teaching his new offensive system. He wants them to work together. And both he and new GM Dave Gettleman have made it clear they want players that are all in.
Now they have reason to wonder if Flowers is truly committed to their plan -- both for rebuilding the Giants and rebuilding his career as a right tackle. They already questioned that at the end of last season when, according to a team source, he was benched for the regular season finale after making it clear to the interim coaching staff that he didn't want to play through a lingering ankle injury. That same week, Gettleman cut right tackle Bobby Hart -- a player with a noted attitude problem who also didn't seem to want to play.
It's worth noting that Hart and Flowers were close. In fact, the previous regime noted -- and praised them -- for working together (in New Jersey) for the entire offseason program last year.
Maybe Flowers will still show up for the "voluntary" program and make it clear his one day absence was just an aberration. But if not, don't expect the organization to have a high tolerance level for him. It's a new regime and he's not their former first-round pick, and so far they haven't committed to anything with him other than the promise that he'll be allowed to "compete" for the right tackle job.
That's a promise they will undoubtedly be willing to break if they don't get a sense of commitment from him first.