The NFL's condensed off-season promises a flurry of actvity in a relatively short period of time. And particularly after four-and-a-half months of talk about revenue splits, it's exciting to finally get down to free agent signings, trades, and eventually, actual football. But the big story today, at least locally, involved bad news for a couple of Giants veterans: The team has reportedly informed offensive linemen Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara that they'll be cut on Thursday, when teams are allowed to officially release players.
Seubert suffered a dislocated kneecap at the end of last season, and according to the Post, he hadn't made enough progress to be considered a viable option. O'Hara, meanwhile, missed ten games last year with foot and ankle injuries. (O'Hara, by the way, served as the Giants' player rep during the lockout. What a way to return to the job.) And so between those injury issues and the fact that the Giants, according to the AP, are roughly $10 million over the $120 million salary cap, perhaps these moves shouldn't come as a total surprise. (Seubert was set to make $3.45 million next season; O'Hara would have made $2.25.) Still, O'Hara is a three-time Pro Bowl center who'd been the starter since 2004. The well-liked Seubert, meanwhile, joined the Giants back in 2001, and after filling in at center last year, was called "the MVP of our team" by Jerry Reese. The transformation of the Giants aging offensive line is officially underway.
Meanwhile, here's what else the local teams were up to today, just because it's nice to be able to pass along football news again:
• The Giants agreed to a deal with undrafted free agent Mark Herzlich, the Boston College linebacker and former ACC Defensive Player of the Year who missed the 2009 season while battling cancer but started all thirteen games for B.C. last year.
• And Mark Sanchez says he's open to restructuring his contract if it helps the Jets on the free-agent market.