As if the Giants didn't have enough tough decisions to make this offseason that could swing the 2018 season, don't forget the big one looming over 2019. In addition to hiring a new head coach and staff of assistants, determining whether to sign Odell Beckham Jr. to a long-term extension before seeing him return to the field on a surgically repaired ankle, choosing the right veteran salary cap cuts, and scouting possibilities for the potentially franchise-changing No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, there also is the fate of left tackle Ereck Flowers. A NFL player is not eligible for an extension until after the third season of his rookie deal. With first-round picks, teams must decide whether to pick up a fifth-year contract option before the start of the fourth season. This is nothing unusual. For the Giants, it just is more complicated than usual because it is Flowers. Some years, like last offseason with Beckham, it's a no-brainer. Will a new head coach and offensive line coach (his third of each) be able to get Flowers to live up his potential as the No. 9 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft? The Giants must decide by May, before that answer will be clear.
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