"[It was] a bit of a surprise," Boley told the Star-Ledger by phone. "They let me know they’re moving things for the team in a different direction."
As surprised as he was, Boley also expressed a great deal of gratitude to the Mara and Tisch families, General Manager Jerry Reese and the entire organization for giving him a "second chance" after being let go by the Atlanta Falcons following the 2008 season.
"You do realize this is a business," Boley said. "Right now, all I can do is be thankful they gave me a second chance after leaving Atlanta. I had four tremendous years here. … I won a ring here, something some people never get to do."
Boley also admitted that he wasn't asked to take a pay cut prior to his release, indicating that any potential future negotiations are, in fact, off the table. The Giants' plan is to get younger and more athletic, and will likely do so by using players they already have on their roster: Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams, who will likely benefit the most from Boley's release.
Boley saw little action in the final three games of the season, but said he had suffered no major injuries that contributed to his lack of playing time – it was merely Tom Coughlin's decision.
In 57 career games with the Giants, Boley collected 315 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, 15 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He also led the team with 10 tackles in Super Bowl XLVI.
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