New York Giants news, 6/17: Phil Simms recalls release 20 years ago

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Phil Simms was cut by the Giants 20 years ago, and the move still resonates around the team.

Happy Tuesday, New York Giants fans. Before we get to the links, a few reminders from Ed:

  • This Giants' mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday. Here's everything you need to know about what's permitted and what's not, as well as the questions still facing the team.
  • The first-ever Giants Almanac by BBV will be available in July. We'll overview the season, break down the schedule and run through everything you should know for the 2014 season, all in original content. This is the first edition of this project, but we hope it's something you'll enjoy.

Twenty years ago, Phil Simms was released by the Giants. Here's Bob Glauber of Newsday recounting the whole saga in a very interesting read. Simms nearly signed with the Browns, and he also had three offers from undisclosed teams.

" 'Phil, I hate to tell you this, but we're going to release you today,' " Simms recalled Reeves telling him.

Simms sat there with his mouth open.

"I remember going, 'What?' " Simms said. "I had no clue. I was 1,000-percent blindsided. Hell, I knew everything that was going on with the Giants, and I had no clue. I kind of laughed and I said to Dan, 'You're serious?' He said, 'Yes. I'm really sorry. I hate doing this. You played great last year, but I have to release you.' I said, 'Well, I guess that's it. I enjoyed playing for you, Dan. It was a lot of fun.' "

Paul Schwartz of the Post discusses the red flag that remains Will Beatty, who's yet to be cleared after offseason leg surgery and could begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Former Giants (barely) quarterback Josh Freeman will work with John Gruden this week and quarterback guru Terry Shea the following week as he tries to get his career back on track.

20 years ago today, O.J. Simpson led police on a chase in his white Bronco through Los Angeles after killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. ProFootballTalk recaps all the events of that day and the subsequent landmark trial.

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