The New York Giants have managed to add an offensive lineman.
His might not have been the first name on anybody’s list, but the Giants signed former Los Angeles Charger guard and tackle D.J. Fluker to a one year “prove-it” contract.
OT DJ Fluker agrees to a one-year deal with the Giants, source says. Former 11th overall pick gets a chance to reset his career.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2017
The deal is reportedly for $3 million.
Fluker was drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, and at the time it was widely believed that the Giants were eyeing Fluker for the 19th overall pick. However, both the Tennessee Titans and then San Diego Chargers were interested in Fluker. The Chargers ultimately ultimately selected the Alabama lineman with the 11th overall pick, and the Giants selected Justin Pugh out of syracuse 19th overall.
Fluker came out of Alabama with the reputation of a punishing road-grader of a run blocker and has the long (363⁄4-inch) arms the Giants like. The Titans reportedly viewed Fluker as a Day 1 starter at right guard, and he has started at both guard and right tackle in San Diego. He became a free agent when the Chargers declined to pick up his fifth year option, believing his play did not warrant the $8.821 million price tag.
Going forward, the 26-year-old Fluker will certainly provide competition to both Brett Jones and Bobby Hart for both the right guard and right tackle jobs. His age also means that if he is finally able to consistently play up to his potential, he would provide some long-term stability on the right side of the offensive line.