New York will add a guard who saw Los Angeles backtrack on its fifth-year option decision from 2016, while Fluker will have a chance to re-establish his value on a team that had a vacancy at right guard. Both the Giants and Patriots expressed interest in Fluker, who started for four seasons in San Diego, but New York’s offensive line had a more obvious hole than did New England’s.
Fluker will likely slide into the right guard slot John Jerry occupied for most of the past three seasons. Jerry is now a UFA. Fluker began his career as the Chargers’ right tackle before moving inside to guard for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. He has not flashed the form the Bolts hoped he would when they drafted him 11th overall in 2013, but he will only be 26 this season.
The Bolts backed out of Fluker’s option, worth $8.82MM, since it was nonguaranteed. The former Alabama blocker will now join a line that saw Justin Pugh make the transition from first-round tackle to standout guard. Fluker graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 54 guard last season — 38 spots behind Pugh — but he made it through 16 games after injuries cost him four in 2015. Fluker has otherwise proven to be durable, playing in 31 of a possible 32 regular-season games during his first two seasons.
It’s not a guarantee just yet the Giants want Fluker at guard. They also have an opening at right tackle after Marshall Newhouse agreed to terms with the Raiders on Friday night.
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