The New York Giants made a number of surprising decisions as they trimmed their roster to 53-men on Saturday, but perhaps none as shocking as the release of quarterback David Carr. The long-time veteran has played an exceptionally important role for Big Blue in four of the last five years, and many considered him a lock to make the roster. Of course, this is the NFL and things rarely workout as expected.
“We’ll miss David Carr around here, to be honest with you," head coach Tom Coughlin said via Giants.com. He’s done an outstanding job directing our second offense and our scout team. He has the ability to do whatever we ask of him in that regard. He can run the option, he can be the running quarterback if you want him to do that. Ryan Nassib is going to have to step up and be that guy when you’re talking about the teams we play that have a running quarterback.”
How the team came to the decision to keep Nassib and Curtis Painter over Carr, Coughlin says, merely came down to how well they performed throughout training camp and the preseason.
“We simply based it on the preseason,” Coughlin added. “From the standpoint of all the evaluations, it pointed to the fact that Painter had a better preseason.
Of course, claiming it was their respective preseason performances is just a positive Public Relations move. The more likely reality is that Carr's salary of $1.05 million, which would have become guaranteed had he made the final 53-man roster, was the motivating factor. Combined, Nassib and Painters will earn only slightly more than that in 2013 — approximately $1.35 million.
Despite being released, this probably isn't the end for Carr. There are a number of teams out there looking for a veteran quarterback with NFL experience. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets comes to mind.
Note: Carr will account for $65,000 in dead money.
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