Shaun O’Hara ‘Blindsided’ By Release From Giants
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Many Giants fans were surprised when the team cut veteran offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara. Imagine how he felt.
In a conference call, O’Hara, who played at Rutgers and is a local fan favorite, said that he was “blindsided” by the news. The Giants also released offensive linemen Rich Seubert and Shawn Andrews this week to give them some cap relief.
“I certainly didn’t see it coming,” O’Hara said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I went in Tuesday to get a workout in and found out. You’re never really ready when something like this happens.”
There were reports that O’Hara might be brought back at a cheaper salary, but the seven-year veteran center isn’t waiting around.
“They certainly haven’t ruled anything out, but I think I have to move on,” O’Hara said. “I think I have a lot of good football left in me. I’m still in a little bit of shock. As far as I know, I have to mentally plan to move on, that my Giants career is over as from where I come from. They did say that the door is always open, but you never can tell what’s going to happen. I’m not sitting by the phone waiting for it.”
Both O’Hara and Seubert are recovering from offseason surgeries. O’Hara said that he has recovered sufficiently from the procedures to his foot and Achilles tendon.
“I’ve done a lot of running and lifting,” O’Hara said. “My body feels the best it has felt in a long time. My goal prior to the lockout was to be ready in time for training camp and have no issues to start the season.”
O’Hara, who was the Giants’ player representative in the lockout negotiations, said that he’s received a few calls from other NFL teams.
“There’s definitely some interest out there,” O’Hara said. “I’m going to sit tight, see how things play out and see what my options are. But the last 48 hours have been very tough for wife and I.”
Seubert hopes to catch on with another team as well, if not the Giants. But he is not expected to be healthy enough to play when the season opens Sept. 11.
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