As was expected, the Giants tried to trade T Ereck Flowers during the 2018 NFL Draft. But, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, no team thought the price was worth it.
Raanan says the Giants were looking for a mid-round pick in exchange for Flowers, but it was to no avail. Not only has Flowers' play on the field been sub-par as a former first-rounder, but he is guaranteed $2.4 million this season based on his rookie contract.
So, it looks as if Flowers will be present at camp, but his roster spot won't be guaranteed this summer. With the addition of veteran LT Nate Solder, Flowers was informed by the Giants that he will have to compete to be the team's right tackle next season. And though new head coach Pat Shurmur said he was accepting of the new role with the team, he is the only player that hasn't shown up to any of the Giants' voluntary offseason workouts.
Instead, the 24-year-old has been in Miami.
"He's in Miami and we're here. He decided not to come. He's an adult," GM Dave Gettleman said during the draft. "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."
Shurmur touched on Flowers Monday on the Humpty & Canty with Rothenberg show on 98.7 ESPN, and noted that he hopes Flowers can be part of the team's future.
"Well, I hope so," Shurmur said. "At this point, again everything is voluntary, 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."
Flowers' competition on the right side will likely be Chad Wheeler, an undrafted free agent that signed with the Giants last season. Big Blue's sixth-round pick in Adam Bisnowaty could also provide competition.
However, if the Giants decided to cut Flowers before the start of the season, they would save $2.2 million against their cap.