For seven seasons, Will Beatty was a fixture in Tom Coughlin's plans on the New York Giants offensive line.
But, with Coughlin out and Ben McAdoo now in charge in New York, Beatty is no longer in the Giants' fold.
The York High graduate was among three moves involving Giants players made on Wednesday in an attempt to rebuild and shed salary. Along with Beatty, New York also released fellow offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, while linebacker Jon Beason retired. With the moves, New York is expecting to save $12 million dollars under the salary cap. All three players were also plagued by serious injuries in 2015 and at other points in their careers.
The news was reported by several New York-based media outlets and the Associated Press, and was later confirmed by Beatty on his personal Twitter account.
Messages left for Beatty were not returned.
For the 6-foot, 6-inch, 320-pound Beatty, the move comes after he missed the entire 2015 season with a torn pectoral muscle that he suffered last spring and then never got activated after needing rotator cuff surgery last year, as well. He signed a five-year contract extension in 2013, worth up to $38.75 million dollars, including $19 million guaranteed. Beatty was expected to make $6.6 million in the 2016 season, but had a cap hit of $9.175 million.
The 30-year-old was drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and spent his entire career with the franchise. He was a member of the 2011 team that won Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots, but didn't play in the game after suffering a season-ending injury late in the year. But, when he returned the following season, he did so in strong fashion.
From 2012-14, Beatty appeared in all 16 games in each season, starting in 47 of the 48 as the team's starting offensive tackle before missing all of last year with injuries.
After graduating from York High in 2004, Beatty attended UConn, where he played under Susquehannock graduate Randy Edsall. When he was drafted by the Giants in 2009, his offensive line coach was Pat Flaherty, who played at Delone Catholic and graduated in 1974. However, Flaherty was part of the coaching changes made at the end of this past season by New York, following a 6-10 season when the team missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year since winning the Super Bowl in 2011. Flaherty is now the offensive line coach in San Francisco, under former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
Beatty is expected to be fully healthy for the start of the 2016 season. During the 2015 season, he expressed interest in still being a starting tackle in the NFL when he returned from injury, perhaps leading to his release from the Giants. Beatty was replaced at left tackle this past year by rookie Ereck Flowers, who was a first-round draft pick selected ninth overall out of Miami (Florida).
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