The New York Giants took a major step in upgrading their offensive line with the signing of former San Diego Chargers guard D.J. Fluker to a one-year contract worth $3 million. Fluker has only missed four games in five NFL seasons, and turned 26-years-old on Monday. The Chargers liked his energy and toughness, but he had a tough time keeping up with quicker defensive linemen and in pass protection. Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese likes Fluker’s versatility and experience, but Fluker is not guaranteed a starting spot at guard with an overall low position rank and a poor grade in run blocking, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fluker’s signing fills the void left by Marshall Newhouse, who signed with the Oakland Raiders for a two-year, $3.5 million deal. Newhouse alternated at tackle and guard in 10 games last season, and Fluker has the ability to play either position as well. The Giants also resigned arguably their best offensive lineman, guard John Jerry, to a three-year deal worth up to $10 million. Jerry started all 17 games for the Giants in 2016, allowing just two sacks, and finished with a 77.0 Pro Football Focus. He also had one of his best seasons with an 84.1 pass-blocking grade and 61.9 as a run blocker.
Jerry was one of the bright spots for the Giants offensive line last season, and the addition of Fluker could make a nice combination at guard for the Giants between the two. Regardless of these two signings, the Giants are still likely to draft multiple offensive linemen in the upcoming draft.