After being released by the Giants on Tuesday, Ereck Flowers signed a one-year deal the Jacksonville Jaguars, but only after several teams expressed interest in the left tackle who was chosen No. 9 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Flowers had “a half dozen” interested teams, before reuniting with Tom Coughlin and the Jaguars, a league source told NJ Advance Media.
The individual spoke on the condition of anonymity, so that he could speak freely about Flowers’ deal.
Flowers’ disappointing tenure with the Giants came to an end just over two weeks after being benched prior to a Week 3 contest in Houston against the Texans, but the writing was on the wall when his replacement Chad Wheeler suffered a hand injury and it was guard/center Spencer Pulley who appeared ready to come into the game while Flowers sat on the bench.
“I think it’s just kind of run its course,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said last week. “Appreciate Ereck’s efforts. We wish him the best. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for a person. We’re just hopeful that he can go on and continue to have a good career.”
Flowers started 46 games over his first three seasons at left tackle but was displaced when the Giants signed Nate Solder as a free agent, and was moved to right tackle prior to this season.
Flowers’ entire $4.57 million salary cap hit will still count in 2018 in terms of dead money. He is owed $1.69 million for the rest of this season.
Inactive for Sunday’s Jaguars’ game against the Dallas Cowboys, Flowers could find himself in a contributing role sooner rather than later, as Jacksonville has already lost offensive tackle Josh Wells for the season, and Cameron Robinson was lost for the season in Week 2 with a torn ACL.
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