Giants safety Landon Collins said offensive lineman Ereck Flowers skipped the team's voluntary offseason program last month over the signing of left tackle Nate Solder.
Collins, speaking on WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" on Friday morning, said he did not receive a text back from Flowers in the offseason, but his cousin, with whom Flowers is close, did. According to Collins, Solder's signing was the reason why Flowers wasn't with the team and was instead in Miami.
"He's just unhappy that they picked up [Nate Solder]," Collins said. "That's it."
New Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told Flowers earlier in the offseason that with Solder, who signed a four-year, $62 million deal in March, at left tackle, Flowers would have the opportunity to compete at right tackle. Shurmur said he thought Flowers was accepting of that, however Flowers was the only player who did not show up to any of the team's voluntary offseason workouts.
"At this point, again everything is voluntary," Shurmur said. "He's chose to train down in South Florida. But I saw a lot of good things from him a year ago on tape. He's just sort of made the decision to train away."
Added GM Dave Gettleman: "He's in Miami and we're here. He decided not to come. He's an adult. He has the ability to make decisions on his own. This is a voluntary program and he's decided to stay in Miami. If you want to know why he's not here, call him."
Collins, as one of the team's captains, said he thought Flowers should have been with the team to help learn a new offense and get acclimated with the rest of the team.
"Definitely, 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," Collins said. "We got a quarterback, we got a running back, we got these talented wide receivers, we got to run with this."
Flowers, 24, has a cap hit of $4.579 million this season and was reportedly on the trading block during the draft, however given his struggles, his cap hit and his $2.4 million in guaranteed money, no team thought it was worth a trade.
"Ereck is my boy," Collins said of Flowers, whom the Giants drafted ninth overall out of Miami in 2015. "At the same time, he has a lot to learn, and at the same time he has to work harder.
"He came in last year, he thought he did what he needed to do -- he lost weight, he was in proper shape, thought he played good in the first couple of games and just kind of went downhill when the season went downhill."
The Giants declined Flowers' fifth-year option for 2019, and earlier this week, he signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus, who said he plans to speak with the Giants soon.
"After being a first-round draft pick," Collins said of Flowers, "he don't want to be called a bust."