After missing the final six games of the 2019 season due to a concussion, New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison is reportedly considering retirement.
Citing three NFL sources, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reported that Ellison is considering stepping away. The 31-year-old tight end has been with the Giants since 2017.
Ellison began his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, playing for the purple and gold from 2012-16. Former Giants GM Jerry Reese lured Ellison to New York with a four-year, $18 million in free agency three years ago.
In 40 games with the Giants, Ellison has caught 67 passes for 674 yards and four touchdowns while usually serving as the team’s No. 2 tight end behind Evan Engram. He has a $7.18 million cap hit for the 2020 season, but the Giants could save $5 million by cutting Ellison.
The team already cut linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin this week, saving $13 million in the process.
Sources: #Giants TE Rhett Ellison mulling retirement after concussion caused him to miss 6 games last season. Here's what it would mean for salary cap, depth chart, draft: https://t.co/g6K6PmYKdw #nyg #nygiants #nflcombine
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) February 27, 2020
If Ellison retires or is released, the Giants still have Engram as their starter, though he’s been beset by injuries the last couple of years. The team is said to be high on second-year pro Kaden Smith, who impressed as an undrafted rookie last fall.
New York could also target a cheaper veteran option to pair with Engram in free agency or use a late-round pick on a tight end in April’s draft.