NFL Rumors: Giants set to release veteran G Mark Glowinski to save $5.7 million on salary cap

Among the NFL’s struggling teams last season, the New York Giants stood out with a challenging 6-11 record. The season-ending injury of their starting quarterback, Daniel Jones, further compounded their woes, forcing them to rely on Matt Barkley for the rest of the season.

With aspirations of reclaiming their position among the league’s contenders, the team is actively seeking ways to bolster its roster and reignite its competitive spirit. One significant move in this pursuit of improvement involves parting ways with veteran guard Mark Glowinski.

Giants expected to release Mark Glowinski

To bolster their financial flexibility ahead of the looming free agency period, the Giants have made the decision to part ways with their offensive guard, Mark Glowinski.

With free agency looming, the Giants are taking steps to ensure they have the financial flexibility to make necessary roster adjustments. Currently, the team had $32.6 million in cap space before any transactions, as reported by Over the Cap. Hence, releasing the guard will contribute to building additional salary-cap room for the Giants.

The decision to part ways with Glowinski will result in significant savings for the Giants, as it will free up $5.7 million in salary-cap space. Glowinski, who was set to count $7.2 million against the cap this season, is now poised to explore opportunities with other teams in free agency.

The vet player signed a lucrative three-year, $20 million deal with the Giants in 2022, per NJ.com. Though he was the highest-rated guard for the Giants in the previous season, with a grade of 64.8 according to Pro Football Focus, his departure doesn’t come as a surprise. 

The Giants are undergoing a strategic overhaul under the leadership of general manager Joe Schoen, who is prioritizing the improvement of the team’s offensive line.

With only two spots on the offensive line considered secured for the upcoming season, including left tackle Andrew Thomas, and center John Michael Schmitz, the Giants are actively seeking solutions to bolster their line.

Looking at Mark Glowinski’s 2023 NFL season

Mark Glowinski’s 2023 season with the Giants was a rollercoaster ride. After securing the starting right guard position at the beginning of the year, Glowinski faced an early setback following the team’s season-opening defeat to the Dallas Cowboys. Following the loss, the Giants opted to demote Glowinski and elevate Marcus McKethan to the starting lineup.

Mark Glowinski
Mark Glowinski

Over the course of the season, he logged a total of 520 offensive snaps, showcasing his versatility by playing both at the right guard and left guard positions.

Despite a rollercoaster final stint with the Giants, veteran center Mike Glowinski displayed his experience throughout his time in New York. A seasoned pro with 96 career starts in nine NFL seasons, the 31-year-old was a steady presence for the team during various adversities.

His Pro Football Focus grades painted a picture of consistency in run blocking, with grades of 67.0 and 69.6, respectively, over two seasons. However, his pass-blocking grades saw a slight dip, registering at 56.5 and 53.4.

It will remain to be seen what is waiting for the veteran guard in the upcoming season.

Shabiha Akter

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