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 ESPNNewYork.com).
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.