Report: Giants shopped OT Flowers during draft

Reuters

The New York Giants explored trading offensive tackle Ereck Flowers during the draft over the weekend but could not find a suitable deal, according to an ESPN report.

Per the report, the Giants wanted a mid-round pick in return but were unable to reach an agreement. Reports emerged last week that Flowers was expected to be traded for draft-pick compensation.

Flowers, who turned 24 on Wednesday, will compete for the starting job at right tackle after New York signed left tackle Nate Solder to a record-breaking contract in free agency. Flowers is one of the few players who did not show up for the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program earlier this month, training in Miami instead.

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"He's in Miami, and we're here," general manager Dave Gettleman told reporters this weekend. "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."

The ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, Flowers has disappointed through three seasons at left tackle, allowing 17.5 sacks and taking 26 penalties in 46 games (all starts). He has not played right tackle since 2012, when he was a true freshman at the University of Miami.

The Giants said goodbye to four regulars up front this offseason, including full-time starters Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg and Bobby Hart, along with D.J. Fluker, who started six games in 2017 as an injury replacement. New York brought in Solder and guard Patrick Omameh before drafting UTEP guard Will Hernandez 34th overall on Friday.

The team did not draft an offensive tackle, leaving Flowers to compete with 2017 sixth-round pick Adam Bisnowaty and second-year undrafted free agent Chad Wheeler.

--Field Level Media

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