Flowers Upset About Giants’ Solder Signing?

Ereck Flowers remains in south Florida training independently from the Giants, and teammate Landon Collins didn’t mince words when asked why the fourth-year tackle wasn’t with the team.

He’s just unhappy that they picked up [Nate Solder],” Collins said during an appearance on WFAN (via SNY.tv). “That’s it.”

The Giants signed Solder to a landmark deal and gave him Flowers’ position, subsequently shuttling the disappointing former top-10 pick to right tackle. While right tackle was where the Giants drafted Flowers to play initially, he’s started three straight seasons on the left side. Only, the last one ended acrimoniously. And the Miami product has been on the trade block.

With Big Blue unable to swing a trade for Flowers during the draft, he remains on the roster. The Giants do not have immediate plans to waive Flowers.

Dave Gettleman has attempted to shake up the team’s embattled offensive line, signing Solder and Patrick Omameh and following those additions up with a second-round selection of Will Hernandez. Flowers, nonetheless, now plays a position at which the Giants are otherwise understaffed. Second-year UDFA Chad Wheeler (five starts last season) represents Flowers’ primary competition on the right side.

Pat Shurmur believed Flowers and he were on the same page regarding the position change, SNY.tv’s Ralph Vacchiano notes, but he’s the only Giant that’s been away from the team during the offseason period thus far. And he didn’t let the team know he’d be working out in Miami instead.

Definitely, I would say he needs to be here, as a teammate and as a captain because we need him here, need to get the line together so they can be on the same page,” Collins said. “… Ereck is my boy. At the same time, he has a lot to learn, and at the same time he has to work harder.

He came in last year, he thought he did what he needed to do — he lost weight, he was in proper shape, thought he played good in the first couple of games and just kind of went downhill when the season went downhill.”

The Giants passed on Flowers’ fifth-year option, and although the edge blocker cannot be fined for missing Giants offseason work until June’s minicamp, time could be running out for this relationship.

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9 comments on “Flowers Upset About Giants’ Solder Signing?

  1. MrMet17

    Aww, he’s upset they signed someone who could play? Maybe he shouldn’t suck so much and they wouldn’t need a replacement

  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    If you’re that unhappy, save it for the season. Take it out on the fellow who lines up across from you.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      Might have gotten a better running back in the long run…

      (I did say might have)

  3. Michael Chaney

    He has no one to be upset at but himself. He’s the one that put himself in this spot, and you can’t blame the Giants for signing someone who’s a little more reliable.

  4. tank62
    tank62

    If he did his job, they wouldn’t have signed Solder. What an entitled snowflake.

  5. RockHauler

    I listened to the whole interview wih Collins and Brandon Jacobs. Once Collins made the statement Jacobs chimes in with, “man this is the NFL, every year they are bringing in someone to replace you!” He’s right, usually it’s someone younger, faster nd more importantly Cheaper! However Flowers left the Giants wih no choice to go the cheaper route since he was playing so bad and was putting the immobile 37 year old QB health at risk. Most of the comments re right. You’re in your walk year, take it as motivation and go out and play your ass off and show the organization they made a mistake. But no, this is a player that has been babies his whole life and can’t take it when someone says no to him or tells him what he doesn’t want to hear.

  6. Chris

    Giants Unhappy They Had to Overpay a LT because their 1st round draft pick is a bust

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