The Giants have been making it known that second-year offensive tackle Ereck Flowers is cemented on the left side of the line. That declaration has scared away several potential free agents this offseason from signing with Big Blue.
The most recent talk has been that former Baltimore Raven Eugene Monroe is still a possibiity for the Giants after resigning himself to the fact that he'll unlikely land a starting left tackle gig with an NFL team this season.
Monroe was let go for financial reasons by Baltimore earlier this month after trade talks with the Giants fell apart. Monroe missed 15 games over the past two seasons and then became expendable after the Ravens selected Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Monroe's other issue is his staunch advocacy for the legalization of marijuana, which is illegal in most states and therefore banned by the league. Monroe's contention is that marijuana is a safer alternative for pain management than the many opioids that are prescribed by team doctors. He has plucked down thousands of dollars of his own money to fund the research proving his claim is valid.
The Giants would like to add Monroe and slide him in at right tackle in place of Marshall Newhouse, and it could happen now that the 49ers and Seahawks are no longer interested in signing him. The 29-year-old is not the optimal pick, but if healthy, he can provide a stopgap for 2016 until the Giants find their RT of the future.
"If Monroe doesn't happen, the Giants could look again at Jake Long, although his signing would be unlikely," wrote Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. "There were questions about his desire last year and it's uncertain whether he would even be an upgrade over Newhouse at this point of his career."
"The only other potential starting option is with ex-Giant Will Beatty. But the bridge with Beatty (released earlier this offseason) is pretty much burned. Beatty would only return if he had no other options, and the Giants appear to be turned off by what they perceived as a lack of desire."
Those are not appealing options even if those players were eager to play. The Giants will likely place their focus on Monroe and continue to work with Newhouse and second-year lineman Bobby Hart.
Newhouse and Flowers were both rated very low on the list of NFL tackles last year by Pro Football Focus, and the Giants hold the opinions of that website in high regard. They understand fully that the tackle position is one in need of upgrading and bringing in a player such as Monroe on a team-friendly deal would be in their best interest.