Another player who got a big contract from the old Giants regime has been cast out by the new one.
Dwayne Harris, who signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract with the Giants back in 2015, was cut by the team on Thursday afternoon. The move wasn't a surprise, especially given the number of injuries the 30-year-old has suffered in recent years. And it clears about $2.45 million in salary cap space off the Giants' books.
The move wasn't nearly as big as GM Dave Gettleman's decision to trade Jason Pierre-Paul earlier in the day, even though he was only headed into Year 2 of a four-year, $62 million contract. But it was another example of Gettleman not being afraid to get rid of players who had value to his predecessor, Jerry Reese.
Reese surprised many in 2015 when he gave Harris what was a decent-sized deal for a little-used receiver. It did pay some dividends, though, as he proved to be a reliable special-teamer and even caught 36 passes in his first year with the Giants. But by his second year he was rarely used on offense and was constantly banged up.
He did make the Pro Bowl as a special-teamer in 2016. But in 2017, he played only five games after suffering a broken foot in October that required surgery.
Harris now joins a long list of Giants castoffs since Gettleman took over, including Pierre-Paul, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (cut), punter Brad Wing (cut), tackle Bobby Hart (cut), guard Justin Pugh (signed with the Cardinals), center Weston Richburg (signed with the 49ers), guard D.J. Fluker (signed with the Seahawks) and linebacker Devon Kennard (signed with the Lions).
Harris likely won't be the last, though, since the Giants are pretty close to the $177.2 million salary cap. Even after the trade of JPP and the release of Harris -- which combined cleared about $5 million in salary cap space, the Giants are only believed to be about $7 million or so under the cap.