Giants Release Barrett Green & Jason Whittle

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' offseason roster alterations began today when the team announced the release of linebacker Barrett Green and offensive lineman Jason Whittle.

Green's two seasons with the Giants were curtailed by injuries that forced him to go on injured reserve. After signing with the team on March 8, 2004, he played in a total of 11 games, including just one last season.

In 2004, he appeared in 10 games with nine starts at weakside linebacker before knee and ankle injuries forced him out of the lineup and eventually onto injured reserve. Because of his injuries, Green was inactive for four games and forced to leave three others early. He finished that season with 38 tackles (26 solo), three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown).

Green never fully recovered from offseason knee surgery and was extremely limited in training camp. His only action was on special teams against St. Louis on Oct. 2. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 26.

Green joined the Giants after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions, who selected him on the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Whittle has spent six of his seven NFL seasons in two tours of duty with the Giants, for whom he played guard and center and was a long snapper. He originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent on April 24, 1998. Whittle spent most of his first season on the practice squad, then was a reserve for three years. He was the long snapper for all 19 games when the Giants won the NFC Championship in 2000.

In 2002, Whittle started all 14 games in which he played (13 at right guard and one at center). He also started the NFC Wild Card Game in San Francisco. The following year, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent and played in all 16 games, with five starts.

After injuries thinned their offensive line, the Giants traded for Whittle on Aug. 31, 2004. That season, he started all 16 games, 15 at left guard and one at center. In 2005, he played in 14 games, primarily on special teams, and did not have a start. He saw action at center vs. the Eagles and at left guard at Philadelphia. Whittle was active but did not play in two games.

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