Report: Giants Land Center David Baas; Shawn Andrews Could Join Cut List
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WFAN/AP) – The Giants have told center and player representative Shaun O’Hara and guard Rich Seubert that they will be released, WFAN’s Paul Dottino reported on Tuesday.
The Giants might also cut another offensive lineman this week. Tackle Shawn Andrews, who played in 13 games and started seven last season, tweeted that he and the team failed to rework the six-year, $32-million contract he signed last year.
“Myself & Big Blue Couldn’t Come To An Agreement On A Favorable Contract,” he tweeted.
Andrews also tweeted “IT AIN’T OVA,” but that might mean his career more than his time with the Giants.
Also, New York agreed to terms on Wednesday with ex-49ers center David Baas, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The Giants are roughly $10 million over the NFL’s new $120.4 million salary cap. The releases of O’Hara ($3.45 million in 2011) and Seubert ($2.25 million) will reduce the problem by roughly $6 million. Andrews made $1.5 million last season.
O’Hara, 34, who was the starting center since 2004, was limited to six games last season because of ankle and foot injuries. He had surgeries on both in the offseason.
O’Hara, who played at Rutgers and is a local fan favorite, has been the Giants’ player representative in recent years and he voted in Washington on Monday on the agreement that ended the 4 1/2-month lockout.
The 32-year-old Seubert probably was the Giants’ most valuable lineman last season. He moved from guard to center after both O’Hara and backup Adam Koets were sidelined.
However, Seubert suffered a major knee injury against Washington in the final game of the season when he dislocated his right knee. It was his second major injury. He broke his right leg in a game against Philadelphia in 2003 and did not return until the 2005 season. He needed five surgeries to repair the leg.
It was uncertain whether either O’Hara or Seubert would have been ready for the season, anyway. The Giants could re-sign them, but it is not known, at this point, if either wants to come back. With the addition of Baas, O’Hara certainly seems finished in New York.
The moves leave Koets as the only returning center with starting experience, and he also is coming off a major knee injury.
O’Hara, Seubert, guard Chris Snee and tackles David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie once had a streak of starting 32 consecutive games in a run that made them one of the NFL’s top offensive lines.
The Giants open the preseason on Aug. 13 at Carolina.
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