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David Baas, New York Giants (July 28, 2013)

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New York Giants Officially Waive David Baas, Designate Him Post-June 1 Cut: The New York Giants have waived/failed physical center David Baas. According to the team’s press release, both the neck and knee injuries that Baas suffered last year are still issues. Baas said he may still need surgery on the neck.

Baas was set to make $4.75 million in salary in 2014 and count $8.225 million against the team’s 2014 salary cap. According to press reports, even though Baas has actually been waived now, he has been designated a post-June 1 cut. That means $3.225 million of the $6.45 million in dead money will now account against the 2015 salary cap. In the short-term, in 2014, the Giants will now “save” $5 million against the cap.

“I haven’t lost that drive, I haven’t lost that desire to play football,” said Baas. “But sometimes other things are more important, and we’ve come to that crossroads. The thing that takes precedence right now is my health…It’s part of the business. It’s something that you prepare for and you just kind of move on from there.

“The Giants have been absolutely fantastic. They definitely have changed mine and my family’s lives forever. Once we get the health issues taken care of, we’ll go from there, and maybe there’s another chance (to play). Coming back to the Giants, who knows? They’ve just been really great and the medical staff has been excellent. I enjoyed playing for (Head Coach) Tom Coughlin. I wish Tom Coughlin could have been my head coach my entire career. That would have been nice. (Offensive Line Coach Pat) Flaherty and everybody, they’ve just been awesome. I can’t say enough good things about the Giants organization, the owners and everybody. It’s part of the game. I thank them and definitely am grateful for everything they’ve done.”

Baas originally signed with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent from the San Francisco 49ers in July 2011. But he has been plagued with one injury after the other during his tenure with the team. He missed five games in 2011 (burner, knee, headaches). After the 2012 season, he had surgeries to his ankle, knee, hip, elbow, and shoulder. In 2013, he missed 13 games with the knee and neck issues.

“It’s been a tough road with injuries,” Baas said. “I’ve been able to battle through them for most of the time.”

As for the possibility of neck surgery, Baas said, “I’m actually going to get another opinion next week. I’ve gotten a couple different people saying that they would recommend it if I ever wanted to play again. It’s definitely something I have to think through. That’s what we’re going to do. I don’t want to make a rash decision and pay for it later, so we’ll listen to the experts.  The knee is a little bit disappointing, because it’s taking a little longer to recover. It’s something we’ll continue to try and get healthy.”

“I love the game of football,” said Baas. “My heart is still into it, but sometimes you’ve got to put your health and your future with your family and all that stuff first. We’re just gathering all the information right now and we’ll see. The Giants had to do what they had to do, and now I can focus on getting my knee better and I can also really gather all my information that I need for my neck and figure out what the best decision is.”

Baas also addressed the possibility that his career may be over.

“I got to play for two very good organizations, the 49ers and the Giants, and to get to win a Super Bowl with the Giants,” Baas said. “I met a lot of great people, established a lot of great relationships. I’ll forever be a Giant, and obviously when you come back and talk about the Super Bowl and all that stuff, it’s like you haven’t missed a beat. I’ll be looking forward to those moments. We’ll see what happens.”

New York Giants Confirm Re-Signing Stevie Brown and Josh Brown: The New York Giants have confirmed that they have re-signed unrestricted free agents safety Stevie Brown and place kicker Josh Brown.

New York Giants Waive LB Marcus Dowtin: The New York Giants also announced that they have waived linebacker Marcus Dowtin who spent time both on the Giants’ Practice Squad and 53-man roster last season.

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Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (November 24, 2013)

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RB Brandon Jacobs Placed on Injured Reserve; LB Marcus Dowtin Signed from Practice Squad: The Giants placed RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) on season-ending Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Jacobs has had chronic knee issues. He finished the 2013 season with 238 yards and four touchdowns on 58 carries. Jacobs’ NFL career is likely over.

To fill Jacobs’ roster spot, the Giants signed LB Marcus Dowtin from the Practice Squad.

Practice Squad Moves: The Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB Darin Drakeford on Tuesday. To fill that vacancy, as well as the vacancy created with the promotion of LB Marcus Dowtin to the 53- man roster, the Giants signed DE Kendrick Adams and CB Chaz Powell to the Practice Squad.

New York Giants on WFAN: Audio clips of  Tuesday’s WFAN interviews with the following New York Giants are available at CBSNewYork.com:

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Audio)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Audio)

Article on the New York Giants Upcoming Offseason: How the Giants can turn it around in 2014 by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Passing Game: What’s Wrong with the New York Giants’ Passing Game? by Patricia Traina of BleacherReport.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Dad proud of Eli Manning, Giants staying together by Tom Rock of Newsday

Notes: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 41 of QB Eli Manning’s 164 career interceptions have been tipped before being picked off. No quarterback has as many interceptions off of deflections in the past 10 years. QB Drew Brees is second with 35.

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Terrell Thomas, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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November 13, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Jason Pierre-Paul Says He Might Not Play Sunday: Not practicing on Wednesday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), and TE Bear Pascoe (ankle).

“(Pierre-Paul is) still sore, but he’s still optimistic and so are we,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “I would hope (he would practice on Thursday).”

However, Pierre-Paul was not as optimistic. “I don’t know if I’m going to play Sunday,” said Pierre-Paul. “I don’t. That’s the honest answer. At this point, I’m just taking it day-by-day and see how I feel on Sunday…I’m not going to go out there unless I feel comfortable with my shoulder…It just hurts. I’m not going to be ready (to practice on Thursday).”

Coughlin was asked about the status of Corey Webster, who hasn’t played much this season. “I thought we were over the hump a couple of weeks ago when he was able to just play a few plays, but there was an ankle injury in there and he’s still trying to recover from that.”

“Brandon Jacobs is not going to work, he’s scheduled to work (on Thursday),” said Coughlin.

Practice Squad Moves: The Houston Texans signed S Jawanza Starling from the Giants’ Practice Squad on Wednesday. Starling was added to the Giants’ Practice Squad in September after the Texans had waived him.

To fill that vacancy, the Giants signed LB Marcus Dowtin to the Practice Squad. Dowtin has spent time with the Jets, Eagles, and Bills.

November 13, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com

November 13, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Peace of Reese: Moves give Giants GM some respite, for now by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on the Giants-Raiders Game: Giants vs. Raiders rewind: Breaking down a third straight win by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Offense works around lack of big plays by Michael Eisen of Giants.com