Giants Release Alec Ogletree, Kareem Martin

The Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, per a club announcement. By cutting the two veterans, the Giants will save roughly $10MM against the 2020 salary cap. 

The Giants acquired Ogletree via trade with the Rams in 2018. Despite his experience and soft hands (he has a dozen interceptions to his credit), the savings were too good to pass up. Ogletree appeared in 26 games for the G-Men in his two seasons and led the team with 173 stops in that span. He also set the franchise record for INTs by an LB in 2018 with five picks – two of which were brought back for touchdowns.

Martin joined the Giants on the same week as Ogletree. In his first campaign, Martin had perfect attendance with seven starts at linebacker and notched a career-high 48 tackles with 1.5 sacks. Last year, a Week 1 knee injury pretty much wiped out his season. He played in just five contests and logged a grand total of six tackles. He had one more year to go on his deal, but few expected him to see that final season.

By dropping Ogletree and Martin, the Giants will head into March with approximately $70MM in breathing room.

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    • Natergater77

      Not at what he was slated to be paid. Someone needing depth and hoping change of scenery revived him will give him 5mil 1 year with a team option for 2nd year.

      Perhaps Dallas , as a Sean Lee replacement.

      • shawn hemp

        Raiders linebackers have been terrible for a decade. Ogletree is a playmaker at least. He not bobby Wagner but he’s better than ray-ray Armstrong or whitehead

  1. rocky7

    Yes, 173 stops for Ogletree….just goes to show you how statistics can be manipulated too show whatever you want…..most of those stops were 10-20 yds downfield with him chasing from behind…..terrible trade for the Giants when it was originally made…he may find another contract but not as a starter anywhere if they have a tape machine where they can view his playing over the past 2 years.

    • shawn hemp

      That’s all On him? Giants defense was terrible on all 3 levels. 1 man can change a defense like that into the 85 bears

  2. mlbnyyfan

    The Giants made a HUGE mistake on winning the last few games. Losing out on the next LT in Chase Young is worse than taking Barkley over Darnold.

    • Perksy

      Cant say that. We do t know how chase young, or any of the top 10 in this years draft will pan out. Teams aren’t going to lose on purpose as there are jobs on the line. Unless they quit on a coach, but that is another issue.

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