Giants reportedly tried to move Ereck Flowers during NFL Draft

Lawrence Cooper
May 2, 2018

However, the front office has had a hard time finding a suitable trade in exchange for him due to high asking price the team had in place prior to the draft.

When the New York Giants selected Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, many started to envision what the team's offensive production would look like during the upcoming season. He's an adult. He has the ability to make decisions on his own.

One of general manager Dave Gettleman's priorities this offseason was to upgrade the left tackle position and they did so in signing Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million contract. Flowers did not report to the Giants' pre-draft offseason workouts and the team is not expected to pick up his fifth-year option for 2019.

NY opted to continue bolstering its line by drafting guard Will Hernandez out of UTEP in the second round. This is a voluntary program, and he chose to stay in Miami. Flowers' contract also scared off would be suitors.

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Special teams contributions will also be a priority as several core players are expected to fill larger roles this season. Many draft analysts figured that the 6-foot-2, 253-pound Okoronkwo profiled best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

Apparently the only people in the National Football League surprised at this news is the front office of the Giants. For now, and likely depending on how he plays at right tackle this summer, he's still on the Giants' roster and part of their future.

"This is a hard time to talk about those kinds of things because it's voluntary; I get that, '" Shurmur said on WFAN (h/t Paul Schwartz of the New York Post). "At this point, again everything is voluntary, he's chose to train down in South Florida". With just over $9.6 million remaining in cap space, according to spotrac.com, it may be hard for the New York Giants to add an impact player at all three positions of need.

Flowers is set to enter the final year of his four-year, $14.3 million deal that will pay him roughly $4.6 million for the 2018 National Football League season. His entire salary is guaranteed for 2018 and counts $4.6 million against the cap.

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