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Giants start reshaping roster, cut LB Michael Boley

2/5/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The New York Giants released linebacker Michael Boley on Tuesday, after he saw his playing time reduced due to injuries in the last leg of the season. This could be the start of many other potential moves by the New York Giants to avoid the salary cap and add young talent to their linebacker corps.
 
Michael Boley had one year left on his five-year contract, which he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants in 2009. The eight-year veteran Michael Boley was due to make $4.25 million in 2013.
 
During 57 career games (including 55 starts) with the New York Giants, Michael Boley had 325 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, 15 passes defended, two forced fumbles as well as five fumble recoveries. Michael Boley was also a member of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI team. Michael Boley had a huge impact on the postseason game, registering 10 tackles (9 solo) for the New York Giants who beat the Philadelphia Eagles last year.
 
“Michael came in and learned our defense quickly and he added speed, coupled with big play ability, to our defensive unit,” New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese released in a statement. “He also played an important role in helping us win Super Bowl XLVI. I wish him well as he moves forward in his career.”
 
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin also praised Michael Boley and recognized what his contribution meant to the team since 2009.
 
"Michael Boley was brought here as a fast, athletic, versatile linebacker. We recognized his special skills were in coverage. He's a smart player who made some big plays for us,” said Tom Coughlin. “He was an integral part of our Super Bowl XLVI championship team. Michael played outstanding football down the stretch for us that season."
 
However, Michael Boley lost his spot in the New York Giants’ starting lineup and saw his playing time reduced coming off the bench in the last three games of the season. Although played well through early season, Michael Boley played fewer than 50 percent of the snaps later on. Michael Boley’s progressed was hindered while battling back, hip, hamstring injuries throughout the season.
 
Michael Boley started 11 of 16 games for the New York Giants this past season, while recording 92 tackles, intercepting three passes and forcing two fumbles.
 
At 31, Michael Boley’s days could be over, but teams looking to add depth at their linebackers corps will benefit from his veteran presence.
 
The New York Giants’ a sixth-round pick in 2011 drafts, linebacker Jacquian Williams could see his role increase next season in relief of Michael Boley.
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