The New York Giants have released offensive lineman J.D. Walton. The 27-year old Walton started all 16 games at center for the Giants in 2014, but his play was sub par. Walton was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, was claimed off of waivers by the Washington Redskins in December 2013, and signed with the Giants in March 2014.
Walton was set to make $2.25 million in salary in the final year of his 2-year contract and count $3.625 million against the team’s 2015 salary cap had he made the team. But cutting him, the Giants have “saved” $3 million against the cap with $625,000 in “dead” money.
The new starter at center is expected to be Weston Richburg, who started 15 games as a rookie for New York at left guard after being drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Richburg’s natural position is center. The Giants also signed Canadian Football League (CFL) center Brett Jones and re-signed center/guard Dallas Reynolds in February.
By cutting J.D. Walton, the Giants will save $3 million against the 2015 salary cap with $625,000 in "dead" money.
— Big Blue Interactive (@BigBlueInteract) March 2, 2015
Walton is the third veteran the Giants have released in the last week, including defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and running back Peyton Hillis.