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Giants Release Petitgout, Emmons and Arrington
13 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2007 - 11:39PM #1
VCKiddRJ112
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ⁈“ The Giants today began the
offseason restructuring of their roster when they released three
veterans, offensive tackle Luke Petitgout and linebackers Carlos Emmons
and LaVar Arrington.


⁈Å"Luke
has been a valuable performer for our team. Throughout his career he
showed his versatility and toughness. Because of that, this was a
difficult decision, but it was one we felt we had to make to take the
first steps in improving our team for 2007."

- Giants GM Jerry Reese on the release of T Luke Petitgout
Two
of the players are former first-round draft choices (Petitgout by the
Giants, Arrington by the Washington Redskins). Petitgout has played his
entire career with the Giants. Arrington spent one season in New Jersey
after six years in the nation⁈⁚s capital. Emmons played four years in
both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia before spending the last three seasons
with the Giants.


Petitgout and Arrington had their 2006 seasons ended prematurely
because of injury, while Emmons missed four games with a pectoral
injury.


⁈Å"Luke has been a valuable performer for our team,⁈  Giants general
manager Jerry Reese said. ⁈Å"Throughout his career he showed his
versatility and toughness. Because of that, this was a difficult
decision, but it was one we felt we had to make to take the first steps
in improving our team for 2007. Carlos has had a tough time staying on
the field consistently because of injuries the past couple years.
LaVar's situation is unfortunate because he was just starting to really
become a factor in our defense at the time of his injury."


Petitgout joined the Giants as the 19th overall selection of the
1999 NFL Draft. In his eight years with the team, the 6-6, 310-pounder
played in 113 games with 106 starts and played left guard and both
tackle positions. Petitgout was an integral member of the offensive
line that helped Tiki Barber set franchise records while rushing for
5,050 yards from 2004-06.


As a rookie, Petitgout played left guard and started eight of the
first nine games before being replaced by Mike Rosenthal, his former
teammate at Notre Dame. In 2000 and 2001, Petitgout started every game
⁈“ including three postseason contests ⁈“ at right tackle. He was named
to Sports Illustrated⁈⁚s All-Pro team in 2001.


Petitgout moved to left tackle in 2002 and played there the last
five seasons. When a back injury forced him to miss a game against
Dallas on Sept. 15, 2003, it ended a streak of 49 consecutive starts.
He played in 10 games that year, but started all 16 games in 2004 and
15 in 2005.


This season, Petitgout started the first nine games of the season
before fracturing his left fibula in the first half of a game against
Chicago on Nov. 12. He was inactive for six games as the Giants hoped
he would be able to return late in the season. But when Petitgout
failed to make sufficient progress in his recovery, he was placed on
injured reserve on Dec. 26.


Emmons joined the Giants as an unrestricted free agent on March 5,
2004. Injuries limited him to 36 games in his three seasons with the
Giants.


"Carlos gave
us everything he had, but his injuries the last couple years kept him
from being the kind of player we know he is. LaVar was only here a
short time, but as a coach, I couldn't have asked for more from a
veteran player in terms of his desire and his enthusiasm."

-Coach Tom Coughlin on the release of linebackers Carlos Emmons and LaVar Arrington
In
2006, Emmons started all 12 games in which he played, seven at
strongside linebacker and five on the weak side. He started the
season⁈⁚s first three games at weakside backer, Games 7-8 on the strong
side, Games 10-11 on the weak side and the final five games of the
season, plus the NFC Wild Card Game in Philadelphia, at strongside
linebacker. Emmons missed four games with a pectoral injury suffered
on Sept. 24 at Seattle. He finished the season fifth on the team with
70 tackles (44 solo) and a sack.


In 2005, Emmons played in nine games with eight starts - five on the
strong side and three on the weak side. He had 49 tackles (35 solo), 1
interception and 5 passes defensed before being placed on injured
reserve with a pectoral injury on Dec. 27.


Emmons⁈⁚ finest season with the Giants was in 1994, when he started
all 15 games in which he played at strongside linebacker and led the
team with 97 tackles (62 solo), a sack and three passes defensed.


In his four years in Philadelphia, Emmons established himself as
one of the NFL⁈⁚s premier strongside linebackers, averaging 110 tackles
a season from 2000-2003. Emmons entered the NFL as a seventh-round
draft choice (the 242nd overall selection) by the Steelers in 1996. He
was a four-year starter at Arkansas State from 1992-95.


Arrington joined the Giants on April 24, 2006 after playing six
seasons for the Redskins. The second overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft
out of Penn State, Arrington was a Pro Bowler every season from
2001-03, when he was considered one of the NFL⁈⁚s most dynamic
linebackers.


A knee injury limited him to four games in 2005 and 13 (with eight starts) in his final season in Washington in 2005.


Arrington⁈⁚s only Giants season was cut short when he tore his
Achilles tendon at Dallas on Oct. 23. The injury required surgery and
forced him to go on injured reserve. Ironically, Arrington was playing
his finest game of the season the night he was hurt. He started at
strongside linebacker and sacked Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe for a
safety. Arrington later deflected a Bledsoe pass on a flea-flicker that
could have resulted in a long gain.


In his brief Giants tenure, Arrington played in six games with five
starts on the strong side. He did not start against his former team,
the Redskins, on Oct. 8 because the Giants opened the game with an
extra defensive back. Arrington finished his shortened season with 17
tackles (11 solo), a sack and two passes defensed.


Arrington⁈⁚s career totals include 484 tackles (346 solo), 23.5
sacks, 11 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and three
interceptions.


⁈Å"These are difficult decisions,⁈  Giants head coach Tom Coughlin
said. ⁈Å"But as Jerry and I looked at the roster, they are decisions we
felt we had to make as we start to compose our team for the upcoming
season. Luke has been a tough competitor here, and he was really
playing well before his injury last season. Carlos gave us everything
he had, but his injuries the last couple years kept him from being the
kind of player we know he is. LaVar was only here a short time, but as
a coach, I couldn't have asked for more from a veteran player in terms
of his desire and his enthusiasm."

13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 1:14AM #2
yankeeswinin07
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the linebackers i understand.


why petitgout? who the helll is gonna pass protect for eli?

13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 4:11AM #3
bran
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why petitgout? when he went out the oline started fo falter, he held the oline together


arrington i thought was doing a pretty good job before he was injured, but i understand it lavar has been injury proned the last couple of years

13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 4:46AM #4
MyYESNetwork
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Who said the Giants can't re-sign Petitgout?
13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 5:33AM #5
Jimmy-Boy
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im so angry the got rid of Arrington. He brought intensity to that Defense. He started to click when the Texans game came around then he got hurt.. I can't believe we got rid of a former pro-bowler. He was a factor in the defense before the injury. god this is horrible. I am so dissapointed.
13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 9:02AM #6
yanks4life
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I bet Emmons gets hurt cleaning out his locker.Maybe Arrington's rehab is'nt going that well.Petitgout will be missed he had a nice run with the Giants and was steady as they come when healthy .All though I won't miss hearing False Start 77 offense.

13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 9:07AM #7
Jimmy-Boy
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if anyone i am going to miss its arrington just because he was just beginning to addapt to new york defense. its rubbish they cut him.
13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 2:44PM #8
MyYESNetwork
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kinda suprising with Petitgout, thought maybe the Giants was going to renegotiate with him for less money but looks like thats not the case. He was going to make 6.7 mill this season, and read this will clear up 3.2 mill in cap space.


"Diehl, who signed a modest five-year, $14-million extension in 2005, is ready to become the cornerstone of the line. Rich Seubert played Diehl's left guard spot in those two games and performed well, so he might be penciled in to start there. " (newsday)


Arrington I think its because of his injuries, they couldn't rely on him.


Emmons was a given.


I think they need to restructure Amani Toomers contract also, he has a insane contract, will make more than Plaxico next year I think. He makes #1 reciever money. He's a good second option for Eli cause Plax and Shock get double coverage, but Toomer as the main reciever was so so. This should give us more room under the cap.

13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 3:02PM #9
MyYESNetwork
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just to add from my comments, so with petitgout, emmons and arrington out, and whitfield and tiki retired, that leaves us about 20 million under the cap, not too bad. Plus the Giants are probaly not done so that amount could be higher.

13 years ago  ::  Feb 13, 2007 - 10:38PM #10
5JoeDiMaggio5
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Wow, I am very suprised with this decision making. Petitgout should have stayed...
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