The Giants would save $2.4 million by trading OL Ereck Flowers, but he would still count for $2.1 million in dead money on their cap, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
The Giants are looking to trade Flowers during the 2018 NFL Draft, Vacchiano confirmed.
Meanwhile, Flowers was not in attendance at the Giants' voluntary Minicamp that began on Tuesday, and head coach Pat Shurmur is not pleased.
Flowers was also no-show at the Giants' voluntary offseason workout earlier this month.
After three seasons of sub-par play on Eli Manning's blind side, new Giants GM Dave Gettleman decided to go get free-agent LT Nate Solder, signing him to a four-year, $62 million deal. In turn, Flowers was shifted to the right side where he is expected to vie for the right tackle position in training camp.
However, it looks like the Giants want to find Flowers a new home entirely, and get draft picks in return.
Vacchiano is hearing the Giants don't expect there to be a large market for Flowers, according to a team source. The hope is they can find a trade candidate on Draft night, and compensation would likely be a third-day pick or a future pick.
The 23-year-old Flowers, who the Giants selected ninth overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, has a cap hit of $4.579 million this season. He will be a free agent after the season unless the Giants decide to pick up his fifth-year option.
On the surface, there should be quite a market for a 23-year-old with 6-6, 325-pound size and three years of NFL experience as a left tackle who was once the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft.
But this is Ereck Flowers, so the market might not exist at all.
Honestly, it might be a small miracle if Giants GM Dave Gettleman can get anything for Flowers during the NFL draft -- and according to a team source he is definitely open to trying. The new Giants regime is already fed up with Flowers' attitude, particularly his decision to not show up at all for the voluntary offseason workout program or the voluntary mini-camp this week. Even a token appearance would've been a sign to Gettleman and new coach Pat Shurmur that Flowers was serious about resurrecting his career.
Now they're not so sure.
Remember, they weren't exactly high on him to begin with. This was a Jerry Reese pick - and a Jerry Reese mistake - and pretty much the first thing this new regime did was move Flowers from left to right tackle. Also remember, they didn't hand him the right tackle job. They only promised he could "compete" for a spot.
That's a huge blow for a three-year starter, but he earned it with a three-year performance that waffled between mediocre and bad. The previous regime enabled him, along with his questionable attitude. One of the first things Gettleman did when he arrived in December was bench Flowers for the season finale when it appeared he was unwilling to fight through an injury.
And his response to all that is to be a no-show at the start of the next season when given a fresh start? Sure, that's his right. The program is voluntary. But almost every one of his teammates - including Odell Beckham - has decided to show up for at least some of it. Missing it is a real questionable decision by Flowers. It's being taken as a sign of how much he really cares. And it's probably a message for management, too.
Clearly, it's a message they've received. They don't necessarily want him to be part of their team.
Now if they can only dump him onto someone else.