Pierce’s neck injury is possibly a career-ending one, depending on who you talk to. With one year to go on his contract, it was a 50-50 chance that he could play this year, anyhow.
Questions about Pierce’s range arose last season only to be pooh-poohed by the Giant coaches, but it was apparent that “AP” was slowing up. The Giants also could not have been pleased with Pierce’s role in the Plaxico affair, which makes this move less stinging.
That being said, this was expected especially when you see potential depth charts drawn up by pundits that did not include Pierce in them.
Pierce was a good player for the Giants, not a great one. He made his presence known, though, and the Giants will need to find a veteran voice to replace him.