NY Giants release Cody Core as cap space purge continues

New York Giants wide receiver Cody Core (Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Cody Core (Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /

Cody Core was released by the NY Giants Monday, in an effort to free up cap space.

The NY Giants released special teams contributor and wide receiver Cody Core Monday, in an effort to free up spending flexibility under the salary cap ahead of the NFL’s new league-year opening later this month.

Core, 26, was entering the second year of his contract after missing all of last season due to an Achilles injury suffered early in training camp. The NY Giants had high hopes for Core going into last season, because of his strong abilities as a gunner on coverage teams, in 2019.

Moving on from Core frees up $2 million in cap space this offseason, increasing the Giants‘ approximate total to approximately $8.064, according to Overthecap.com

Originally the sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2016, Core signed with the Giants days prior to the 2019 season. He has 33 career receptions for 388 yards and one touchdown, including three catches for 28 yards for the NY Giants.

Moves such as releasing Core will likely continue over the next two weeks, because the NY Giants have critical decisions to make about the futures of defensive linemen Dalvin Tomlinson and Leonard Williams, each expected to be among the most coveted free agents at the positions, and two players the Giants would prefer to retain.

The new league year, and unrestricted free agency, begins on March 17.

Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.