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.

26 responses to “Source: Giants plan to cut Shaun O’Hara

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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

    you are the weakest link….

    2002 called…

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