New York Giants release linebacker Blake Martinez

The Giants now fall extremely short at middle linebacker

Los New York Giants released linebacker Blake Martinez Thursday in a surprise move.

The decision was mutual, according to a source. Both parties considered it the best for both.

Blake Martinez he was excused from Wednesday's practice for what were called personal reasons. He returned Thursday, but left the locker room pretty quickly when reporters entered.

Several players talked about what was happening with Blake Martinez. Turns out he was later released.

He was expected to start alongside Tae Crowder. But his role had been reduced in the new defense of the coordinator Wink Martindale, with Crowder holding the third-down spot this summer. Martinez was a poor fit for the new defense under Martindale.

Los Giants now they fall extremely short at middle linebacker. Rookie Darrian Beavers would be next in line, but he tore his ACL earlier this summer. New York he now has rookie fifth-round pick Micah McFadden and veteran Austin Calitro to fill the void.

Blake Martinez, 28, missed most of last season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament last September. He started all 16 games during his first season with the Giants and led the team with 151 tackles.

But the regime change put Martínez on notice. The Giants they renegotiated his contract earlier this year to save $6 million against the salary cap in the final year of his contract.

Los Giants they're tight against the salary cap and the general manager Joe Schoen he said earlier in the day that they would likely have to restructure a deal to meet the cap by next week. But Martinez's release hardly helps them in this regard. New York save less than $200,000 and then have to replace it on the list.

Blake Martinez He is guaranteed $1.25 million this season under the modified deal.

His place on the roster was taken by offensive lineman Tire Phillipsto whom Giants claimed from the waivers of the Baltimore Ravens.