DT Shaun Rogers, TE Bear Pascoe re-signed by Giants
The New York Giants released defensive tackle Chris Canty, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and linebacker Michael Boley to create salary cap space and move the team in a different direction after going 9-5 and missing the playoffs last season. Today the New York Giants re-signed Shaun Rogers through the next season. Although in opting for Shaun Rogers over Chris Canty the team ended up with a much older player, it reportedly saved the New York Giants over $7.5 in cap space difference between the two contracts.
Shaun Rogers had been signed by the New York Giants last season to fill in for Chris Canty in case his knee issued continued to be a problem down the stretch. As it turned out, Chris Canty missed the first six games of the season on the physically unable to perform list due to the injury but Shaun Rogers was also unavailable. Although Shaun Rogers started the preseason opener for the New York Giants, he was placed on the injured reserve on Aug. 31 after a blood clot was detected in his leg during training camp.
The 30-year-old Shaun Rogers has played 156 games, while starting 128, during a 12-year career with the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. Shaun Rogers has 602 tackles, 37.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles in his career.
In the absence of Chris Canty and Shaun Rogers, 11-year pro Rocky Bernard filled in the spot, starting opposite Linval Joseph on the defensive line. Rocky Bernard is currently without a contract.
With the addition of Shaun Rogers, the New York Giants increased their depth on a previously depleted interior line which now have four defensive tackles – including Marvin Austin, Markus Kunn and Linval Joseph on the roster.
The New York Giants also officially confirmed the addition of tight end Bear Pascoe, after reports indicated last week that he had been re-signed by the team. Bear Pascoe was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason but the New York Giants decided to skip the drama and re-sign him ahead of free agency. The New York Giants reportedly signed 26-year-old Bear Pascoe to a one-year deal with a salary of $715,000 base salary next season.
Bear Pascoe has been a sound blocker for the New York Giants over the past four seasons, compiling 26 receptions for 252 yards and a touchdown. The 4-year pro Bear Pascoe was expected to remain in rotation on the offensive line even if veteran Martellus Bennet departed as a free agent.
The New York Giants now have Bear Pascoe and Adrian Robinson among the tight ends on the roster.