The New York Giants released team captain Alec Ogletree and fellow linebacker Kareem Martin on Wednesday, opening up about $13 million in salary cap space.
Ogletree joined the Giants in a 2018 trade from the Los Angeles Rams. The Giants signed Martin to a three-year contract in 2018.
Ogletree, 28, was under contract through 2021. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound defender had 80 total tackles, six passes defensed, an interception and a sack in 13 starts in 2019. Ogletree had 93 tackles, eight passes defensed, five interceptions, two touchdowns and a sack in 13 matches in 2018. Cutting Ogletree saves the Giants $8.25 million against the salary cap.
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Ogletree was the No. 30 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Georgia product has 676 tackles, 57 passes defensed, 41 tackles for a loss, 12 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, 7.5 sacks, four touchdowns and two fumble recoveries in 93 career starts.
The veteran was again slated to make $10 million in 2020 and was in route to be the fourth-highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL, but none of the money was guaranteed.
Ogletree played the first five years of his career with the Rams, topping 100 tackles in three of his first four campaigns. The second-team All-Pro in 2016 has career totals of 674 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 12 interceptions. He also has four defensive touchdowns.
The Giants signed Martin to a three-year, $21 million contract one day after getting Ogletree in March 2018. Martin spent his first four seasons in the league with the Arizona Cardinals.
Martin played in all 16 matches in his first season in New York and had a career-high 48 tackles. But a knee injury in the 2019 season opener limited him to five games last season.
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