On Sept. 5, 2009, David Tyree's storied career with the New York Giants came to an end.
After being placed on injured reserve for the 2008 season, Tyree attempted to make a comeback in 2009.
Injuries and inconsistency plagued Tyree over the course of training camp, and the addition of two rookie receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, along with Derek Hagan heightened the competition for the receiver position on New York's roster.
Though Tyree's career with The Giants has come to an end, his NFL career surely has not. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 as a special teams player and is a legitimate depth receiver. There are plenty of teams in need of such a player.
Here are some possible destinations for Tyree:
1. The New York Jets
Behind Chansi Stuckey and Jerricho Cotchery, The Jets don't have a lot of depth at receiver. David Clowney may have some potential, but has yet to prove much. Tyree would fill in nicely as a number three or four receiver in New York and form a dangerous tandem with Brad Smith on special teams coverage.
Besides, Tyree is a Montclair native and already has residence in North Jersey.
2. The Washington Redskins
A division rival of The Giants, The Redskins also lack depth at the receiver position They have Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly behind Santana Moss and Antwan Randel El, but Kelly and Thomas are inexperienced. They have a ton of talent and will definitely round out the top four receivers for this season and beyond, but behind them a good veteran presence would be nice for Washington, especially if that player can come through on special teams.
Tyree would be a good leader for the special teams and would contribute nicely to Washington's receiver depth.
3. The Baltimore Ravens
Similarly to Washington, behind their starting receivers Baltimore doesn't have much at the receiver position. Mason is really the only legitimate wide out Baltimore has. In Baltimore, Tyree would have the opportunity to compete for the number three of four position along with contributing on special teams, something that Baltimore always values. Being a good special teams player and a good veteran presence is something that The Raven organization always looks for.
4. The Kansas City Chiefs
As this off season demonstrated, The Chiefs are looking for veteran players to help them out. They recently brought in Toomer before cutting him, and have also brought in Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas. Tyree is a very good veteran in a pass oriented offense who would bring a ton of special teams intensity.
Keep your ears open the next few days on this subject.
Though it pains me to acknowledge that Tyree could land in any of the aforementioned places, it is very possible. Division rivals love to scoop up each others players, and Tyree is also a good fit. It is tough to see such a warrior and inspiring presence leave your team.
Regardless of what the future holds, Tyree will forever hold a place in Giants lore.