New York Giants: Big Blue Cut Veteran LB Michael Boley

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IFebruary 5, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants reacts after a sack in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants made their first roster move for 2013.

The Giants defense will be letting go of one of their starting linebackers.

Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star Ledger reported on Wednesday that the Giants have cut ties with veteran linebacker Michael Boley.


Surprising move here, I think: Giants cut LB Michael Boley today.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 5, 2013


Boley originally signed a five-year deal worth $25 million before the 2009 season and spent the last four seasons with the team.

The 30-year-old linebacker had 92 total tackles in 2012, with three interceptions and four pass deflections.

Boley's playing time dwindled at the end of the season, as he didn't start in five of the 16 games for the Giants, mostly due to nagging injuries.

Linebacker is one of the positions that the Giants need to address for 2013, either in the draft or in free agency.

Chase Blackburn and Keith Rivers are also free agents for the Giants, and their status with the team for next season is not certain this offseason.

Boley was considered to be a vital part of the defense when he played; the team saw that when he was injured for a few games back in the 2011 season.

In fact, his injury was one of the reasons why the team brought back Blackburn in the middle of the season, which seemed to spark the defense's turnaround 

Boley spent his first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before becoming a Giant. Now, he'll be looking for a new home this spring.

It'll be interesting to see who the Giants decide to let go next.