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Chris Snee will retire

Chris Snee will retire from the NFL (WFAN, July 21).

“I know it’s my time,” Snee said in a release.

The veteran guard met with the Giants on Monday morning to discuss his future (Star-Ledger July 20th).

“Before OTAs started I was confident,” Snee said. “I was moving around great and I was strong enough where I felt that I could play and compete. But then once OTAs came around, I had to punch and stop somebody … obviously, we’re not wearing pads. I wasn’t able to do it. Quite frankly, it hurt.  But I thought maybe it was my joint getting used to that again. But the more I tried to do it, it became a concern to me that it wasn’t responding the way it should and actually my (elbow) strength had started to go down in the weight room.

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“After those three days of OTAs, my hips (both of which have undergone surgery) were hurting. I was concerned. The elbow is an old joint and the cartilage is gone and the bone is starting to weaken. That being said, I came and I spoke to (general manager) Jerry Reese after OTAs and kind of told him what was coming. He said, ‘Take your time and still continue to work out.’ So I did that and my strength is still going down. That was an indication that I wasn’t strong enough to play. And that’s kind of what my game’s been based upon. I take tremendous pride in the effort that I put in the weight room and being the strongest player on the field. I’m nowhere near that, so I knew that even if I came here today, I wouldn’t be able to practice. You’re trying to catch up and I’ve been trying to get my strength back, but I think it’s time to just let the arm cool down.

“I’m thankful to the Giants for giving me this opportunity to try to come back, but I also told them, I told Jerry Reese face-to-face, that I would give him an honest evaluation and I’m a man of my word. I would not be able to help the team the way that I expect of myself or the way that they would expect of me.”

The two-time Super Bowl champ missed mini-camp in June and the elbow hasn’t progressed as he and the team have hoped.

“Chris is a pro’s pro,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He played the game right. He was as tough and prideful as they come. We will miss him.”

The 32-year-old missed 13 games during the 2013 season and has had surgery on both hips over the last two years. Snee was one of the most durable Giants on the offensive line over the years and started all but one game from 2005-2012.

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“I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride,” Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said. “Winning mattered to him. I think he set a great example for all of the other players. He’s somebody we’re going to miss very much. He was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Giants history, and he’ll be on that Ring of Honor someday.”


“To me, he was the best guard in all of football,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “No doubt. No matter who you put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them. When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level (at Boston College).”

“It’s different,” Coughlin said, “because not only is it a great football player retiring from the game, who has contributed so much to our team and our franchise and has two world championships to show for it, he is a highly-respected and loved member of our family.

“The first time I met him I was with Jacksonville and I went up to Boston College (to scout a running back). Kate (his daughter) was a freshman at BC and I said, ‘Let’s have dinner tonight.’ She said, ‘Dad, can I bring a friend?’ It was Snee. He doesn’t say a word. Not one word that I can remember. You should see him with his kids. He’s unbelievable. He has really blossomed here.”


“He called me yesterday and told me the news,” QB Eli Manning said. “I kind of knew there was a possibility with everything going on with his health. I’m obviously disappointed just because we’ve had a long run together. We came in the same year, were roommates for home games and away games that first year. We’ve won a lot of games and been through a lot together and been great pals, so I told him I’d miss him. He was the last one from our original class that came in together, but he’s got to do what’s best for him. I think he made a decision kind of based on how he’s feeling and also based on what’s best for the Giants. He’s a true team player and just didn’t think he was going to be able to help and wanted to put us in a situation where we kind of knew that early on. We’re going to definitely miss his leadership and his presence around the locker room, around the team, but we’ll still be great friends.”

“It’s going to be weird,” Snee said of no longer playing. “I bought season tickets a couple years ago. I don’t think I’ll be ready to sit in those seats just yet – but yeah, I’ll be here. I still have some older friends remaining on the team and some of the young guys I’ve gotten to know. I’ll be rooting for them.”

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants were hopeful that Snee could get through this season but he won’t even attempt to begin it. The elbow and hip injuries have taken too much of a toll on the 32 year-old Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.

There was some chatter about placing Snee on PUP to allow him an opportunity to get healthier, but it looks as if Snee sloughed that idea off and decided retirement was a more realistic option. He will be missed.

Now comes the task of filling Snee’s shoes. Brandon Mosley, John Jerry and rookie Weston Richburg (not exactly in that order) will compete for the job with Eric Herman and possibly some others getting looks as well.




22 comments
rico
rico

Last year before the season I wrote: "as chris snee goes, so will the giants"…



sad to see one of the great g-men leave. I hope perhaps there is a coaching position for him

cole3244
cole3244

being son in law has its benefits.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Again Beckham could be great, but taking Zach Martin and richberg would gave solidified this line for a very long time.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Mr.F---

What are the Sal-Cap numbers with SNEE ???

i Fear that REESE,

has KICKed the CAN down the ROAD So FAR....

RG Snee, will be Mostly DEAD $ !!!!!

the O-LINE is the Key to the SEASON,

............. Not Looking GOOD....


JamesWS
JamesWS

Babin, Cook, Coppen, Winston, Finley, Keller, Davis, Bush, Alexander...

Why not get some bodies off the scrap heap with our new 6.6 million?

David Lopez
David Lopez

Reese surprised me by not jumping up two spots to nab Taylor Lewan in the draft. Lewan would have been a starter from Day one.

There was plenty of depth at WR in the draft and Reese shouldn't have rolled the dice on Snee.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

I actually don't think the o-line will be terrible for a few reasons. The first is they made a few good additions to it this offseason. Plus, Pugh will only get better the more he plays. Also, last year the giants offense relied the o line a lot because giants like to throw the ball deep. Now it seems they will have a faster paced offense with more short passing. This might help them be a little more effective.

Snee was a long shot to contribute anyway this season with all the injuries so I am really not that surprised. It's time for the next man up to play like he belongs. If he can't somebody else will.

JamesWS
JamesWS

Mr. F --


WHATS THE SALARY CAP IMPLICATION OF CHRISS SNEES RETIREMENT?!


HES GOT A MaSsIvE CONTRACT!


SIX-POINT-SIX MILLION TO BE EXACT!~~~

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Giants can say what they want, but this was exactly why selecting beckham over zach Martin might burn them. Once again Reese ignored the bigger need choosing to select a good wr and sign a bunch of middle of the road offensive line vets. The should have selected two offensive linemen in the first two rounds and could have taken a wideout in the third in a deep wide out draft. I fear for the running game again and pass protection.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

I'm sure the league thought so too when he got his pro bowl appearances and when to be on the all-around teams...

Smh...

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Skookaloop $5.5 mil in dead money....didn't matter if he played or not, that $$$ has been in his pocket for years

spider43
spider43

@JamesWS .... If that is the same Babin who used to play for the Eagles and then the Jaguars, count me as interested. The Giants need all the legitimate pass rushers from the DE position that they can get their hands on. I'd even take a pass rusher from an OLB position, but Reese has proven he doesn't really value pursuing LBs.

spider43
spider43

@JamesWS .... Just curious... are you giving a tribute or "shout out" to Skook with all that capitalization?  ;-)

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@jaymanjay Totally agree with you on this. The WR position in the draft was the deepest of all the positions and the Giants could have gotten a very good WR through rounds 3-5. After Watkins, all the WR's in the draft were rated very close.

JamesWS
JamesWS

@jaymanjay Our line will be fine.


Beatty-Schwartz-Walton/Richburg-Jerry-Pugh is solid

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@SNYGiants @Skookaloop ...

So REESE has OVER $10 Million in DEAD $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.....

once again PISS POOR MANAGEMENT,

This is Why a,

$3.4 Million SLOT CB,

wasn't such a GREAT Idea.....

the 1st GOAL should have been to FIX,

 the " BROKEN " OFFENSIVE-LINE.....

LG Schwartz

RT Pugh

..................thats ALL we got....

C Richburg, is a ROOKIE,

TL Beatty is in RECOVERY,

won't be ready for a while.....

RG is a CRAP SHOOT..................

Almost like there was NO Plan-B......

LT Brown

LG Schwartz

C Richburg

RT Mosley

RG Pugh

.................... i SEE problems...............

JamesWS
JamesWS

Mr. Fitzgerald over at overthecap told me that he expects the dead money to be about $4.3 million.

JamesWS
JamesWS

@spider43 @JamesWS 


BoTH ???

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@JamesWS @jaymanjay using the word "solid" is a reach.

Beatty: coming off his worse NFL season and looked lost and slow last season.

Schwartz: He is a stud, no argument.

Walton: Hasn't played much at all over the last 1.5 years and wasn't considered a stud when he did play.

Richburg: He's a rookie, so hard to tell what to expect.

Jerry: Nothing more than a journeymen OL

Pugh: Solid rookie season, hopefully he will at least have the same production and get better.

If this group doesn't excel the Giants and Manning are in for a long season

spider43
spider43

@JamesWS @jaymanjay .... I wouldn't go so far as to say solid, but certainly better than last year. The improvement "on paper" means nothing at this point. We have to see it working in real game settings to know if there has been any actual improvement. If not, it will make for one very long season, and probably the end of the line for one of Reese or Coughlin (or both). Mara is not going to remain patient indefinitely while the Giants continue missing the playoffs.