New York Giants Cut Antonio Pierce
After a disappointing season that saw them miss the playoffs just two years removed from beating the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, it was pretty clear heading into the offseason that changes would be afoot for the New York Giants.
The first, apparently, will be that veteran middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, one of the team's most vocal leaders for several seasons, will no longer be on the team. Pierce was released Feb. 11.
Pierce, 32, missed significant time due to a bulging disc in his neck last season. Pierce played in just nine games last season, but still managed 55 tackles, still eighth on the team despite missing those six games.
Pierce has played for the Giants for five years. Prior to last season, he'd missed just four games in four seasons and made the Pro Bowl once.
Pierce was also a key figure the night Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself, driving Burress to the hospital and reportedly stashing Burress's gun in his glove compartment.