According to sources, the Giants have released C David Baas.
The move saves $1.775 million in cap room, although it leaves a whopping $6.45 million in “dead money” on the Giants’ cap. Baas, 32, has broken down physically in recent years, and the G-Men have interest in ex-Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith. Dietrich-Smith played under new Giants OC Ben McAdoo in Green Bay. Recovering from a knee injury, Baas may resurface on a minimum contract.
The way things go these days, this may not be the end of Baas. The Giants have to find a replacement for him. It’s very possible he re-emerges at camp if they can’t, but they would not have taken this hit if they weren’t confident they can land a top center in free agency.
The Giants could have saved some money if they designated Baas as a June 1st cut. The savings would have been $5 million as opposed to the $1.775 million they save right now. According to Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News. Baas was ‘not physically ready” and the team probably felt they needed to act sooner rather than later.