ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier in the week Flowers’ days with the Giants were numbered. Trading him was always a long shot because of the $1.7 million remaining on his rookie contract.
“I think it’s just kind of run its course,” head coach Pat Shurmur said Monday. “We appreciate Ereck’s efforts, and we just wish him the best. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for a person, and we’re just hopeful he can go out and continue to have a good career.”
Flowers was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami. He was inserted into the starting lineup after Will Beatty tore his pectoral muscle. Flowers started 46 games for the Giants in his first three seasons.
His time with the Giants was marred by inconsistent play on the field and questionable behavior off it.
Flowers got into a confrontation with former offensive line coach Pat Flaherty during his rookie season. That made him a pariah among his fellow offensive linemen. In 2016, he pushed ESPN reporter Jordan Ranaan in the locker room after a loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Flowers and former Giants O-lineman Bobby Hart didn’t participate in the team’s Secret Santa program last season. Both players also reportedly asked out of the regular season finale against the Washington Redskins. The game took place a few days after Dave Gettleman became general manager. Hart was waived while Flowers was suspended.
Flowers didn’t show up for the beginning of the Giants’ offseason workout program. It was reportedly because he was angry the team signed free agent left tackle Nate Solder and made him the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman.
The Giants tried to trade Flowers after the NFL Draft but were unable to do so. He was moved to the right tackle position but two consecutive poor performances to start the season caused Shurmur to bench him in favor of Chad Wheeler.
The Giants promoted offensive tackle Brian Mihalik from the practice squad to take Flowers’ roster spot. Mihalik will assume Flowers’ role as swing tackle for Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now that Flowers has been waived, the only player remaining on the Giants’ roster from their 2015 draft class is safety Landon Collins.
– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.