Giants release Blake Martinez to make room for Tyre Phillips

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The Giants released linebacker Blake Martinez on Thursday, the team announced. They needed the roster spot after claiming guard/tackle Tyre Phillips off waivers from the Ravens.

Martinez is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament that ended his 2021 season after only three games. He took a pay cut this offseason to return to the Giants.

Martinez sat out the first preseason game but played eight snaps in the second preseason game and 18 last week.

He spent the past two seasons with the Giants after four seasons with the Packers, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2016. Martinez has totaled 686 tackles, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles, four interceptions and 22 pass breakups in 80 career games.

The Giants also cut veteran tight end Rick Seals-Jones from injured reserve with an injury settlement. A toe injury landed Seals-Jones on injured reserve.

6 responses to “Giants release Blake Martinez to make room for Tyre Phillips

  1. Now that was dumb. They needed the cap space but he’s their best ILB. Had a feeling this could happen when they stripped him of his captaincy and told him to stay away earlier in the week.

  2. Packers have significantly upgraded that ILB position since Blake departed. Wish him the best in his recovery.

  3. This many roster moves and waiver claims post cutdown does not exactly inspire confidence in the overall quality of the team.

  4. Blake Martinez is a warrior on the field,.. a tackling machine. If he had better foot speed he would be a monster in the middle of a defense. Speed is his downfall.

  5. Great in the run game, but he is always chasing in the pass game — shoulda played 20 years ago.

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