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Giants release Alec Ogletree, Kareem Martin

Alec Ogletree, Giants, Kareem Martin

The New York Giants have released linebackers, Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, according to Pat Leonard of The New York Daily News.

Leonard notes that these moves save the Giants $13.05 million in cap space.

Ogletree is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 13 games and logged 80 tackles, a sack, an interception and six passes defended.

The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round (30th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He had a terrific rookie year, appearing in every contest and registering 119 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pick, six forced fumbles, 10 passes defended, and a defensive touchdown. Ogletree then posted similar numbers during his second season, finishing with 111 tackles, a couple of interceptions, four forced fumbles and 12 passes defended.

After an injury-plagued 2015, Ogletree returned and had another great season in 2016, racking up 136 tackles, a pair of picks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 11 passes defended.

He spent one more year with the Rams before being traded to the Giants in 2018 and has largely been a disappointment since arriving in New York.

Meanwhile, Martin played in just five games this past season due to a knee injury. He initially linked up with the Giants in 2018, when he participated in every game and totaled 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The 28-year-old spent the first four years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals before inking a three-year deal with Big Blue in March 2018.

New York went just 4-12 in 2019.