New York Giants Release Linebacker Antonio Pierce

Kyle McMorrowCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 25:  Antonio Pierce #58 of the New York Giants gets the crowd going against the Arizona Cardinals on October 25, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN.com, the New York Giants have cut middle linebacker Antonio Pierce.

Pierce, who has one year remaining on his contract, is trying to return from a bulging disc he suffered during last season with the Giants. 

"I'm doing great, feeling great,"Pierce said in an email to the Newark-Star Ledger .

Pierce, has been rumored to be cut before next season as neither General Manager Jerry Reese or Head Coach Tom Coughlin would comment on Pierce and his future with the team.

The former Giants captain lead the team in tackles from 2005-08 and helped New York claim its first Super Bowl championship since 1990 when the Giants shut down the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

As always, the rumor mill with be turning furiously on this topic, as there are a few high quality free agent middle linebackers available such as Gary Brackett and Karlos Dansby.