Patrick Omameh’s time with the New York Giants has come to an unceremonious end as the team releases him on Saturday.
The Giants signed the 6-foot-4 327 pound Omameh to a three-year, $15 million deal in the offseason with plans to make him their starting right guard after playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars the two previous seasons.
There was optimism about the signing of Omameh since he was part of a Jaguars team that had the number rushing attack in 2017. But Omameh struggled mightily early on and there were major concerns about his performance as far back as the preseason.
He and right tackle Ereck Flowers received the brunt of the blame for the Giants offensive woes in the first two games of the season. The Giants would bench Flowers in the team’s lone win of the season — Week 3 against the Houston Texans — before releasing him in October.
Due to his poor play, Omameh lost his starting job last month, and when the Giants acquired guard former Los Angeles Rams guard Jamon Brown earlier in the week, Omameh became expandable.
Omameh is another one of the free agent acquisitions made by general manager Dave Gettleman that has not panned out.
Gettleman made left tackle Nate Solder the highest paid left tackle in NFL history in hopes that he and Omameh could stabilize the offensive line. That obviously has not worked based on the fact that Eli Manning has already been sacked 31 times this season.
Gettleman also signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, but he was ineffective in the three games he played this year before being put on IR.
In cutting Omameh the Giants will have $3.5 million in dead cap money next year.
Expect the Giants to start either Jamon Brown or John Greco to start at right guard on Monday night when the Giants take on the San Francisco 49ers.