The New York Giants are working to clear some cap room today. As a result, former first-round pick Alec Ogletree is going back on the market.
The former Georgia star was the No. 30 pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft. After five years with the team, which included the move to Los Angeles, he joined the Giants in 2018.
Ogletree was a second team All-Pro in 2016. That season, he set a number of career highs, including 136 total tackles. This season, he recorded 80 tackles in 13 games, and added an interception and a sack. He was a team captain during his two years in New York.
His salary was set to jump up to $10 million this season, and was on the books for $9 million in 2021. He has a dead cap number of $3.5 million, after a four year deal he signed with the Rams in 2018, before the team traded him to New York. According to Ian Rapoport, linebacker Kareem Martin, who also joined the team in 2018, is also being released.
The #Giants released LB Alec Ogletree and LB Kareem Martin, with the release of Ogletree clearing $10M off the books.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2020
Alec Ogletree was acquired by the Giants, along with a seventh round pick, for fourth and sixth round picks in the 2018 NFL Drafts. Those were used by the Rams to select John Franklin-Myers and John Kelly.
Martin was signed as a free agent in March 2015, inking a three-year, $21 million deal with the New York Giants. He missed much of this season after suffering a knee injury in early September during a game against the Cowboys. He wound up recording six tackles in five appearances, after going for 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2018.
He began his career with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.