Barrow learned shortly after noon in a conversation with assistant GM Kevin Abrams that he was going to be released later this afternoon.
Barrow was totally caught off guard since the club had contacted his agent, Marvin Demoff, last night in an effort to restructure his deal, which had two years remaining. A week ago, the Giants approached Demoff about his client taking a 60 percent pay cut. Barrow then called GM Ernie Accorsi and told him that he'd rather be released.
Barrow's cap number for 2004 was scheduled to be $6.07 million. By making this move, the Giants are saving $2.92 million under the salary cap.
Barrow was especially surprised by the timing of his release.
"My conspiracy theory is that they waited until Washington and Philly had no money left," he said. "They're teams that could use me. Once Dhani (Jones) signed with the Eagles (yesterday), they let me go."
Demoff wasn't immediately available for comment.
Barrow has been the club's starting middle 'backer since signing as a free agent before the 2000 season.
Barrow gets the ax
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