The Giants told Michael Matthews Saturday morning he had been cut.
"I wish they would've told me then I'd be traded," the tight end said with a laugh. "It would have been much easier to handle."
It's unclear if the Giants knew at the time they'd be sending Matthews to the Patriots by the end of the day, but that's what happened. Matthews went to New England in exchange for a conditional 2011 draft pick, as the Giants opted to keep third-year tight end Darcy Johnson over him. Johnson joins Kevin Boss and rookie third-round pick Travis Beckum in the team's tight end corps.
"I didn't take it too hard. Probably my wife took it harder than me," Matthews said. "But we know that's the nature of the business we're getting ourselves into. I didn't get too bummed out."
Matthews played in all 37 regular-season and playoff games for the Giants since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He and David Tyree were two players who suited up for Super Bowl XLII and had their tenures with the Giants ended yesterday.
"I loved the Giants, man," Matthews said. "I loved the organization. The time I was there, everyone was very supportive of me. The fans are awesome. I appreciate everything the guys did for me there. I love all the players still. I'll still talk to a bunch of them because I made some solid friendships. I loved my whole time there."
Coach Tom Coughlin said in the team's press release getting rid of Matthews, a 6-4, 270-pound blocking tight end who had eight catches in two seasons, was a tough decision. Matthews played through a shoulder injury during his rookie season that required surgery after the Super Bowl.
"I have such respect for Mike and what he has done in his life and his family and what he represents - a try-hard guy that nobody gives a chance and he comes in and he's the right man in the right place at the right time and wins a Super Bowl ring in his rookie year," Coughlin said. "I think about his toughness."
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