Former Giants GM Jerry Reese, who was fired along with head coach Ben McAdoo on Monday, released a statement on Tuesday.
"I would like to thank the New York Football Giants for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing franchise for the past twenty-three years," Reese said. "My time here has been filled with many great memories. Thank you John and the Mara family, Steve and the Tisch family for your confidence in me for so many seasons.
"I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo for their commitment to the NYG and my time working with them," Reese continued. "I'm thankful to the late George Young, who hired me, and to Ernie Accorsi for grooming me."
Kevin Abrams has taken over for Reese as interim GM, and is expected to be a serious candidate to remain full-time.
Reese replaced Ernie Accorsi in 2007. Despite being a part of two Super Bowl championships in 2007 and 2011, Reese's teams have failed to deliver in recent years, with the Giants failing to reach the playoffs five of the last six years.
He spent heavy on the team's defense last season, and it paid off with the team going 11-5 with a Wild Card berth. However, his failure to address the team's biggest issue -- the offensive line -- the past two seasons led to enormous setbacks for the offense.
Reese, who is responsible for drafting Odell Beckham, Jr., is also responislbe for picking LT Ereck Flowers, who has failed to live up to his first-round choice. This past April, Reese waited until the sixth round to select an offensive lineman.