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NFL trade rumors: Giants looking to ditch Ereck Flowers

The heavily-criticized offensive lineman's time with the Giants could be up.
Ereck Flowers. (Photo: Getty Images)

New York Giants fans might have to find a new scapegoat soon. A report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport revealed that the Giants are taking part in trade talks involving offensive lineman Ereck Flowers. 

Their most-likely return would be draft compensation, though the return won't bring back anything too high. 

Flowers has struggled mightily, to say the least, since being drafted ninth overall in the 2015 draft. Starting 46 of 48 games over the past three seasons, the 23-year-old has been a liability along the line, contributing to veteran quarterback Eli Manning constantly running for his life and New York's ground game continuing to be non-existent. 

Last season, Flowers was given a grade of 51.5 by analytics site Pro Football Focus, which falls under the "poor designation" while ranking 54th among all tackles in the NFL. 

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The Giants acquired a major upgrade at the position, signing former New England Patriot Nate Solder at the start of free agency. The move would have forced Flowers to shift to right tackle if he stayed with the organization. 

That doesn't seem likely now.

It looks like Flowers is just as done with the Giants as the organization is with him. He has not attended any offseason workouts and was not on hand during Tuesday's first day of voluntary minicamp.