A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the New York Giants have declined to pick up the fifth-year option of offensive tackle Ereck Flowers' contract.
The Giants would have been on the hook for $12.5 million in 2019 had the Giants exercised the option on the deal Flowers signed as the ninth pick overall in the 2014 draft.
The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move.
NFL was the first to report the decision.
Flowers has been the Giants' starting left tackle for the past three seasons Bryan Little Jersey , but he has been a disappointment.
General manager Dave Gettleman signed New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder as a free agent in March. The move meant that Flowers would play right tackle this upcoming season, but he has not showed up for the team's voluntary workouts this spring.
Flowers recently hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent. Flowers' father had represented him. His future with the team remains uncertain.
In other moves, the Giants signed defensive tackle A.J. Francis and quarterback Alex Tanney. They also announced they had been awarded cornerback C.J. Goodwin off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals. Goodwin was released on Tuesday.
Goodwin has played in 28 regular-season games with one start for Atlanta and Arizona. He has 12 tackles (11 solo) and two passes defensed.
Francis has played in nine regular-season games over the past three seasons, including six for Washington last season. His most productive game was the 2017 season finale against the Giants, when he had six tackles.
Tanney spent last season on the Tennessee Titans' injured reserve list after breaking his left foot in the preseason finale. He has played in one NFL game, the Titans final game of the 2015 season. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in a loss at Indianapolis.
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was back in a game this week for the first time since surgery to repair a right knee injury in November, and although he didn’t play long Andre Burakovsky Jersey , he relished his return.
“I just played five snaps, handed the ball off, threw one pass,” Watson said. “So, it wasn’t too bad. Good to just go out there for a couple plays and then watch everyone else perform.”
The Houston Texans quarterback is looking to build on his limited action as the team prepares for two practices with the San Francisco 49ers next week before hosting them in their second preseason game on Saturday.
Watson’s health and development in his second year will be critical as Houston tries to bounce back from a season filled with injuries during which the team went 4-12 for its first losing season since 2013. Though he played in just seven games before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in practice, Watson gave the Texans optimism that he’ll be the answer to their longtime problems at the position.
He threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 269 yards and two more scores after Houston traded up to select him with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Saturday was the team’s first practice back in Houston after the Texans spent the first part of training camp in West Virginia. Although they had to adjust to the hotter temperatures at home Zach Hyman Jersey , Watson and the Texans got a boost from working out in front of several hundred cheering fans.
“The climate … it’s hot and muggy but at the end of the day we have to come out here and play football and perform and just focus on our task,” he said. “So, it’s always good to have the fans around and show love. They give us energy and high hopes for this season.”
The 22-year-old said he’s grown a lot since arriving in Houston last season and is looking forward to building on what he did last year.
“Just really (grown) as a person as a whole and then just the knowledge of the game,” he said. “Just being able to understand the offense, understand what the defense is doing and just play faster, just go out there and play and not overthink things.”
Coach Bill O’Brien, who worked with Tom Brady when he was an assistant with the Patriots Youth Christian Djoos Jersey , has enjoyed watching Watson develop and is looking for ways to help him take another step.
“I think there’s areas where he and I need to grow together, like in the red area,” he said. “We’re a little bit behind there but we have to work together on that and see if we can execute better down there, but I think there’s a lot of areas where he’s gotten better and better, and he’ll only get better and better because he works at it and the experience he gets will really help him.”
Watson is working behind a revamped offensive line this year after last year’s group allowed the second-most sacks in the league. So far, he likes the way the unit is coming together.