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Giants cut Pierce

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:45 pm

The Giants have released Antonio Pierce today

It is no great surprise and isn't all about his inury. If his injury was truly career threatening, he would have retired as a Giants.

AP will get opportunities elsewhere, which he deserves.
He has been a very good player for the Gmen for many years. But it is time for the Giants to move in a new direction.
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Re: Giants cut Pierce

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:37 pm

from espn's rumours


Joyner: Pierce could play in 3-4

During the New York Giants' season-ending news conference, GM Jerry Reese did not seem too enthusiastic about Antonio Pierce's prospects moving forward. On Thursday, the expected decision became official: the Newark Star-Ledger reported that the team released Pierce, confirmed via email from the veteran LB to beat writer er Mike Garafolo.

Jonathan Goff will certainly be in the mix to start next season for the Giants, but Karlos Dansby could be an option, and the team will also scout collegiate options quite extensively prior to the draft.

What about the market for Pierce? His agent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted on Thursday with the kind of optimism we've come to expect: "Antonio Pierce is a free agent and there is great interest in signing him now that he's healthy. His back has improved and he's ready to go!" If he can prove that his injury troubles are truly behind him (or at least being managed), we could see the Vikings take a look, given their own uncertain future at MLB after the injury to E.J. Henderson. If Pierce can convert to a 3-4 ILB, there might be a job for him with the Pats, Cowboys or Dolphins, too. Beat writer Armando Salguero tweeted on Thursday afternoon that Pierce could be a fit for the team's "Acorn" position. As the speculation continues, NFC East blogger Matt Mosley thinks perhaps a reunion with his old defensive coordinator will take place and he could end up with the Rams.

We asked the Football Scientist KC Joyner how well Pierce would adjust to being an ILB in a 3-4 defensive scheme, and here's his take:

"Pierce might be a good fit in a 3-4 if he were put into the right role. 3-4 fronts usually have one LB who pursues running plays and attempts to funnel things back to the other inside LB to make the tackle. Pierce may not have the requisite speed to fill the pursuit role but he does have solid tackling skills that make him a good fit for the finisher role."
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Re: Giants cut Pierce

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:37 pm

wow... not a huge surprise but still.
hope the Giants have a better plan than Jonathan Goff
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Re: Giants cut Pierce

Post  Big_Pete on Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:09 pm

TD wrote:wow... not a huge surprise but still.
hope the Giants have a better plan than Jonathan Goff

I think you can guarantee that
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Re: Giants cut Pierce

Post  Pizan on Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:12 pm

Yea really not much of a shocker at all. I hope we fill this void through the draft rather than over pay for a player close to 30 i.e. Dansby.
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Re: Giants cut Pierce

Post  NYG Hampton 27 on Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:11 am

TD wrote:wow... not a huge surprise but still.
hope the Giants have a better plan than Jonathan Goff
Agreed.

Pierce was just way too slow this past season, but I'm going to miss him. He has a great mind for the game, I'd like to see him on the sidelines someday.

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Re: Giants cut Pierce

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:20 am

I think Reese will quiety enquire about the availability of players like DeMeco Ryans and Barrett Ruud. Depending on what tender is placed on them we may try and sign them anyways. Both players have been wanting long term deals for some time and their teams have been reluctant to pay.

There will also be second tier options like D'Qwell Jackson, Kirk Morrison and Derrick Johnson.
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