Giants decline 5th-year option on OT Ereck Flowers’ contract

Ereck Flowers’ time with the Giants is running out one way or the other.

The Giants did the long expected and declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Flowers’ rookie contract, according to multiple reports. That decision means the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will be a free agent after the 2018 season instead of after 2019.

Had the Giants picked up the option, Flowers would have been on the books for $12.52 million in 2019, according to CBSSports.com. Flowers’ salary cap hit is $4.57 million in 2018 and the Giants do not save any money against the cap by releasing him.

The deadline for a decision was 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The league has not decided whether it will investigate the situation. We will discuss the matter with the club and make a decision in the next few days about what, if any, further steps we will take, an NFL spokesman told the Buffalo News. Brandon resigned as the Bills and Buffalo Sabres president on Tuesday. Brandon’s departure came after an internal investigation of Brandon’s workplace behavior and allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported.

The Cowboys used a fourth-round draft pick on Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz as well, which seemingly indicated the team was preparing for a post-Witten future. Schultz caught 55 passes for 555 yards and five touchdowns in three years with the Stanford Cardinal.

Dallas doesn’t have another clear replacement for Witten lined up, so Schultz may have an opportunity grab the starting job this offseason.

But the arm and upside mean Allen is likely expected to compete for the starting job right away after the Bills made a lateral move in free agency by signing a backup-caliber player in AJ McCarron. If Allen can pull it off, he’ll get to work with a somewhat interesting core of LeSean McCoy, Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay. 

Seemingly lost in the shuffle is No. 16 pick Tremaine Edmunds, a linebacker who will have to not only come in and start right away but assume a leadership role in the middle of the defense. 

Considered a great value in the third round, defensive tackle Harrison Phillips out of Stanford will join the Cheap Dog Jerseys rotation behind 34-year-old Kyle Williams to bolster Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys the unit so Edmunds’ and Co. can go to work.