The New York Giants have released DE Damontre Moore after violating team rules, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano (Dec. 11).
"We made the move today in the interest of both parties," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said in a press release.
Moore got into a fight with teammate Cullen Jenkins before practice on Friday over not getting free Beats headphones like other players, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (Dec. 11).
According to Ralph Vacchiano, "it wasn't the first time" something like that has happened regarding Moore (Dec. 11).
Moore was fined many times during this season due to similar inicidents, Vacchiano said.
Moore, 23, was drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has three sacks and 23 total tackles this season.
Sam Spiegelman, SNY.TV: Another blow to the Giants defense this season, and what a disastrous ending to what at times seemed like a perfect fit.
Prior to the season, with Jason Pierre-Paul out of the mix, one could have easily pegged Moore as one of the presumed players to take on a larger role on defense. Instead, Moore registered three sacks to date as a role player and has never panned out as the sack artist he was originally thought to be when the Giants drafted him back in 2013.
A rules violation highlights another off-the-field, character-related concern for Moore, whose productivity on the field did not warrant any further consideration from the team to keep him. For the Giants to release a pass rusher, it is obvious there are major concerns.
However, because he has talent and has been effective at times in season's past, there will be a market for Moore -- just as there was for Greg Hardy. Nobody is saying Moore is as strong of a player as Hardy, or committed a crime like Hardy allegedly did, but pass rushers in the NFL come at a premium.