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Source: Giants plan to cut Shaun O’Hara


On Monday, Giants center Shaun O’Hara, the team’s NFLPA representative, said that he is “extremely pleased” that the lockout is over.

He may be feeling different emotions right now.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Giants plan to release O’Hara.

An 11-year veteran who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Browns and the last seven in New York, O’Hara appeared in only six games last year.

O’Hara was due to earn $3.45 million in 2011.  The Giants reportedly are more than $6 million over the 2011 salary cap.  On Monday, O’Hara scoffed at the notion that he could be forced to take a pay cut.

“I don’t see why that should be an issue as long as I’m healthy,” O’Hara said, per the Bergen Record (via

Apparently, he’ll be taking a hike instead.

UPDATE:  Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that O’Hara says he’s not aware of being released.  (We initially assumed that the Giants have told O’Hara the news.  The text message from the source does not indicate that the team has informed O’Hara of the move.)

SECOND UPDATE:  And now Vacchiano reports that O’Hara is indeed being cut.

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26 Responses to “Source: Giants plan to cut Shaun O’Hara”
  1. tumtum1288 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:10 PM

    Wow if this happens I take back my envy of the giants this is the mastermind of that line.

  2. southcakpanther says: Jul 26, 2011 2:10 PM

    Collateral damage of the CBA

  3. pnut87 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:11 PM

    WHAT?! Not O’Hara! He’s an anchor. McKenzie should be cut first. He’s the one showing his age on the line and taking more money than O’Hara is.

  4. scoboscobs says: Jul 26, 2011 2:11 PM

    I’d say the Vikings show go after him, but we have more glaring needs to address first.

  5. nygdefenserules says: Jul 26, 2011 2:11 PM

    Wow! This one is a little surprising….Seubert, not so much. O’Hara was hurt a bit last year – and the O-line definitely needs some revising!

    Shocked Kareem McKenzie is still there! He’s the most injured of the group.

  6. broncobeta says: Jul 26, 2011 2:12 PM

    “Apparently, he’ll be taking a hike instead.”

    Cold… but fitting.

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 26, 2011 2:12 PM

    Not surprising. We’re obviously looking to make a big move on a guard in free agency.

  8. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:14 PM

    No one wants a Union Rep on any Team see yeahhhh!

    The Players wanted more money and the Owners said sure now the GM’s will show them how to cut overpaid complainers!

  9. axespray says: Jul 26, 2011 2:18 PM

    you are the weakest link….

  10. giantjeff says: Jul 26, 2011 2:23 PM

    Reminds me of when JR cut Luke Pettigout. That worked out pretty well. I love Ohara and Seubert, but Father Time always catches up and a good GM has to be heartless some times. It’s a good business decision

  11. blacktoothgrinn says: Jul 26, 2011 2:26 PM

    But I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know.

  12. gpete1962 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:29 PM

    Don’t stop there, Go sign a young pro bowl free agent tackle for Mckenzie , then you’ll have the line back on track

  13. gfan8611 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:29 PM

    This has nothing to do with the CBA. He only played in six games last season and both replacements for him played as well and better mostly. When he was out of the lineup the team went something like six weeks without giving up a sack. In other words the guy is done because the Giants need to start mixing in the younger guys they’ve drafted the last few seasons.

  14. pixelito says: Jul 26, 2011 2:30 PM

    O’Hara was horrible last year, this is not unexpected at all.

  15. spokkkknword says: Jul 26, 2011 2:31 PM

    Giants Going Cap Dumb Crazy

  16. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 26, 2011 2:45 PM

    Beatty at LT, Diehl to LG, and Petrus/Koets at C.

    That’s what this is about.

  17. clavette says: Jul 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    didnt seubert play C while he was out? the other replacement koets was terrible. perhaps im mixing up the players.

    little suprising seeing as he is the smartest Olineman the Gmen have

  18. simplesimon1 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:53 PM

    Mr O’Hara, welcome to the Detroit Lions. He might not have been great last year, but he’s a major upgrade over our shabby center, Raiola.

  19. fmwarner says: Jul 26, 2011 2:54 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the Eagles taking a flier on O’Hara or Seubert as long as they don’t want to be promised a starting job. OL is the positional need no one is talking about, and the Giants have had a very good line for years.

  20. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 2:55 PM

    Giants O-line was getting old and rusty so this is understandable.

  21. sdelmonte says: Jul 26, 2011 2:57 PM

    It’s not the Mara way to be punitive.

    It is, however, very much the NFL way to value youth and health over experience and time accrued.

    And it’s long been the Giants way to not quite know what to do to get under the cap.

  22. benh999 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:58 PM

    Tough luck for him. He would be a great pick for my .

  23. terrellblowens says: Jul 26, 2011 3:03 PM

    O’Hara was at my old high school yesterday signing autographs as a fundraiser to benefit a teacher with cancer. Classy guy, hope some team (like my Eagles) pick him up

  24. garciavega3 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:29 PM

    Out with Seubert and O’hara and hello Carl Nicks.

  25. trickbunny says: Jul 26, 2011 4:15 PM

    axespray says:
    Jul 26, 2011 2:18 PM

    you are the weakest link….

    2002 called…

  26. illbillgiantz4lif says: Jul 27, 2011 6:46 AM

    O’Hara was cut due to injury only. No one is questioning his talent. O’Hara has the SB ring and Pro Bowls to prove it. One of the best (C)s of his era.

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