Teams wasted no time to engage in the offseason festivities as we saw a handful of teams make cuts just a day after the Super Bowl. More teams kept the momentum going as they made some cuts of their own over the past couple of days. The biggest of those names was Tennessee’s Michael Griffin. The Giants also made a little noise as well.
Since being drafted in the first round by the Titans back in 2007, Griffin has been a fan favorite. He’s always been a solid safety and even made two Pro Bowls during his nine-year tenure in Tennessee. Cutting Griffin will free up $6.5 million in cap space.
While Griffin has regressed with age, he can still offer a solid veteran presence in a young secondary. Tampa Bay and Miami have already been cited as possible destinations.
The Giants lost a trio of players. They cut injury-ridden veterans on the offensive line, Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz, and linebacker Jon Beason announced his retirement. Beatty served as the team’s starting left tackle for the past four seasons, but missed all of 2015 due to a pair of injuries. Geoff Schwartz played in only 13 games during the past two seasons – the team likes the youth they have moving forward.
Quite possibly the most intriguing aspect of these moves is the retirement of Jon Beason. Drafted in the first round out of Miami by the Panthers in 2007, Beason had a solid run where he was among the best linebackers in the NFL. He was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2008-2010. Beason played six seasons with Carolina and spent the last three with the Giants.
The intriguing part of this is that many have cited Beason to pursue a career in coaching, not only as an LB coach, but one day as a head coach. Even though he played in only 9 games the past two seasons, he played a key role on the Giants’ D as a mentor and leader based on his knowledge of the game. Many of his teammates have stated Beason would make a great coach at this level.
Other notable cuts included QB Ryan Lindley from Indianapolis and Nate Allen. Allen had signed a ‘hefty’ deal with Oakland this past offseason, but his contract was terminated – a day later they re-signed him to a cheaper deal to match his subpar play.
Stay tuned for more offseason moves to come. Who are the next slate of players to hit the free agent market?