Saturday, September 5, 2009
Updated: September 6, 8:23 AM ET
Giants cut injury-plagued receiver Tyree
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Tyree has gone from Super Bowl hero to out of a job.
Tyree was released by the New York Giants on Saturday in the final cutdown that also featured a late trade with backup tight end Michael Matthews, another Super Bowl veteran, being shipped to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick.
Tyree missed last season after suffering a lingering hamstring injury while coming back from offseason knee surgery. The 29-year-old wide receiver battled minor groin, hamstring and knee injuries in training camp this year and played only two preseason games, missing the last two.
"It's obviously a time of mixed feelings," Tyree said Saturday. "This is part of the journey. It's not like it's a great day. But at the same time I'm filled with expectations about what's next on this track, and I'm excited, as well."
Linebacker Michael Boley was placed on reserve while serving a one-game suspension handed down by the NFL. He cannot return to the Giants' training facility until Sept. 14, the day after the opener against Washington.
The Giants also put defensive tackle Jay Alford (knee surgery) on injured reserve. Defensive tackle Jeremy Clark (ankle) was waived injured.
New York waived quarterbacks Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar; running back Allen Patrick; fullback Dwayne Wright; offensive linemen Terrence Pennington, Orrin Thompson and Cliff Louis; wide receiver Shaun Bodiford; defensive linemen Maurice Evans, Tommie Hill, Robert Henderson and Anthony Bryant; linebacker Kenny Ingram; cornerback DeAndre Wright; and safeties Travonti Johnson, Vince Anderson and Sha'reff Rashad.
A sixth-round draft pick out of Syracuse, Tyree only had 54 catches for 650 yards and four touchdowns with New York. His biggest contributions always came on special teams, which earned him a Pro Bowl berth in 2005.
"David Tyree is such a class act," coach Tom Coughlin said. "What a great guy he is. When he came in to see me, I had a lot of emotions running through my head. He put everything at ease, he had a big smile on his face. I told David he is forever etched in the annals of New York Giants history. That will never change. That moment in history will stand forever in time."
Tyree made one of the most remarkable catches in Super Bowl history some 19 months ago when the Giants defeated the previously unbeaten New England Patriots.
The play has been called "The Catch."
With the Giants trailing 14-10 late in the fourth quarter and faced with a third and 5, Tyree hauled in a 32-yard pass from Eli Manning, pinning the ball against his helmet as defender Rodney Harrison yanked him to the ground.
The play set up Manning's winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress.
"It's the big bang theory," said Tyree, who caught the ball after Manning avoided a sack. "It's a moment that obviously will never be taken, it's a moment that I will cherish. I said after the game, if I never get a chance to play football again, I can't be upset with the way my career went."
Tyree also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Manning earlier in the game, which was his first touchdown catch of the season. Coming into the Super Bowl, he had caught four passes all season.
"I'm not going to sit there and say I had a great camp and why would they do this," Tyree said. "I didn't have a great camp. I had a very average camp. It started terrible and worked up to average. It's about performance."
The decision to cut Woodson and Bomar means the Giants will have two quarterbacks on the roster -- Manning and David Carr -- for the second straight season.
Five rookie draft picks made the 53-man roster -- receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, linebacker Clint Sintim, offensive tackle William Beatty and tight end Travis Beckum.