Ereck Flowers’ time as a Giant is over.
GM Dave Gettleman, who mistakenly retained Flowers as a Week 1 starter this offseason, cut bait on Monday.
Officially, Gettleman’s plan is to release Flowers if he can’t trade him by 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to sources. But the Daily News has learned that as of late Monday afternoon, Flowers was gone from the building and effectively off the team already.
Flowers, 24, Jerry Reese’s ninth overall pick in 2015 out of Miami, played in 51 games and started 48 of them across four seasons, mostly at left tackle.
But the 6-6, 334-pounder never developed the proper technique to consistently protect Eli Manning, hampering the Giant offense. And Flowers’ attitude was as problematic as his play.
Flowers, who reportedly threw in the towel on the Giants’ Week 17 finale last season, chafed this offseason at the Giants’ signing of Nate Solder to replace him at left tackle.
Flowers did not report for the early weeks of Giants offseason workouts under new coach Pat Shurmur and yet still was handed the starting right tackle job.
Within two weeks Gettleman knew he had made a huge mistake. The Giants benched Flowers for Chad Wheeler in Week 3 in Houston. They played Spencer Pulley over Flowers as an extra tackle in Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints. Pulley was about to enter as Wheeler’s replacement Sunday in Charlotte if Wheeler’s hand injury had caused him to miss time.