The New York Giants offensive line is a mess and it really showed during the 2017 season when the team couldn’t run the ball for the life of them. It’s tough enough when you have no name running backs carrying the ball — Orleans Darkwa, Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, etc — and you incompetent linemen in the trenches to add to a laundry list of injuries. Nothing got done for the Giants and a lot of the blame was put on former first-round pick Ereck Flowers.
Flowers must have felt the pressure because he hired super agent Drew Rosenhaus, it was announced Tuesday. Flowers didn’t previously have an agent and the Rosenhaus hire comes at a particularly interesting point of Flowers’ career with the Giants, according to the New York Daily News.
Flowers received an overall grade of 51.5 from Pro Football Focus in 2017 and the analytical website suggested that Nate Solder could replace him at tackle heading into the offseason. The Giants did go on to sign Solder to a four-year deal, putting Flowers’ future with the Giants in jeopardy. However, it feels as though Flowers is going to play hardball with the Giants over the status of his future and his contract — 2018 is his last contract year and the Giants have a club option for 2019.
Flowers was going to get a chance to start playing at left tackle during voluntary workouts but chose not to come, much to the ire of head coach Pat Shurmur.
“We understand this is a program that’s voluntary; I tend to believe it’s very necessary,” Shurmur told reporters last week. “But he’s not here. When he is here we’ll start to talk about him.”
The next step would obviously for Flowers to be traded. He failed to show up for voluntary camp and that shows a lot to officials of a new regime. Flowers smartly hired Rosenhaus to start negotiating his exit it seems. Where he goes next is unclear, it didn’t seem like teams were going to draft him as high as the Giants did in the first round to begin with.
Giants fans should keep an eye on this as the offseason progresses. Training camp is right around the corner.