According to reports, the Giants and Blake Martinez's split was a "mutual decision."

 According to reports, the Giants and Blake Martinez's split was a "mutual decision."

According to reports, the Giants and Blake Martinez's split was a "mutual decision."

If the Giants had simply cut Martinez, they would have saved $8.5 million with $5.5 million in dead money. So they forewent $2.2 million in savings to keep Martinez on the roster, which is understandable. His contract expires in 2022, so he has no impact on the 2023 cap.

The salary cap implications of Martinez's release are still unclear, but it does not appear that the Giants will save much money. In fact, by not cutting Martinez in March, they lost out on additional space. They also failed to trade him despite the fact that he was on a veteran minimum contract — the same minimum contract he's likely to receive on the open market.

Martinez had also lost the honor of being a captain, despite the fact that the team had named ten captains ahead of the 2022 regular season.


The balance had tipped. Martinez appeared to want out, and the Giants were happy to oblige.

Martinez, on the other hand, was used sparingly during training camp and the preseason, taking no more than 18 snaps in any of the three games. Many assumed it was due to his ACL recovery, but after being excused from practice on Wednesday, it became clear there was more to the story.

The shocking release of linebacker Blake Martinez by the New York Giants on Thursday was the culmination of his downward spiral with the team.


Martinez was sidelined for nearly a year after suffering a torn ACL last season. When he returned, a new regime had taken over, and he was asked to take a pay cut in order to stay with Big Blue. Martinez, to his credit, did.

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