The New York Giants have waived offensive lineman Bobby Hart from injured reserve, ending his career with Big Blue.
Source: the Giants have waived OT Bobby Hart from injured reserve. His time in New York is officially over.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 9, 2018
Hart was due $705,000 in 2018, which would be the final year of his rookie contract. He told the Giants coaching staff that he wasn’t going to play the final game of the season, per ex-Big Blue lineman Geoff Schwartz of SB Nation. The Giants waived Hart in December with an injured designation. He went on injured reserve after he cleared waivers.
Gettleman isn’t playing. Clearing out locker room cancers. ??. Made it easy for him when Hart came into the facility this week and told the staff he wasn’t playing this week. ?. Nice try. Hopefully Gettleman continues to rid that OL room of guys who bring it down https://t.co/fcm9BJPOE7
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) December 30, 2017
Hart was drafted by the Giants in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Florida State. In his three years with the team he made 33 appearances and started 21 games. He struggled on the field and had a reported run-in with defensive tackle Damon Harrison in the preseason. He was ranked 82nd of 87 tackles this season and was ranked as the 67th best tackle in the NFL last season, according to Dan Duggan of NJ.com.
One of new Giants general manager Dave Gettleman‘s goals this offseason is to make the Giants offensive line better. Which means that all of the Giants offensive linesman’s jobs are in jeopardy. The question is who will Gettleman get rid of? Hart apparently saw this coming since he and Ereck Flowers were already packed and ready for the season to end before the final game of the season, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
Ereck Flowers did the same, per source. One player told me during the week Hart/Flowers were basically already packed and ready for the season to end. Totally checked out. #Giants https://t.co/JNVELCDKzW
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December 30, 2017
The Giants were 3-13 this past season and are looking to turn things around in 2018. The question now is who will be cut from the offensive line next and what will the Giants offensive line look like next season?