Damontre Moore has been waived by the New York Giants. Multiple media outlets have reported that this afternoon, and Big Blue View was able to confirm that Moore is indeed no longer a member of the Giants. That is why the third-year defensive end was not at practice on Friday. ESPN's Dan Graziano is reporting that Moore was let go for "violating team rules."
A source close to Moore said a fight with veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins led to the team's decision to cut ties with Moore. Ian Rapoport reported the fight was over Moore not getting free headphones like other players did. A source also indicated that Moore was offended by a "deragatory text" sent to teammates.
"We made the move today in the interest of both parties," said Giants general manager Jerry Reese in a statement released by the team.
Moore, a third-year player, was left inactive a few weeks ago following an egregious roughing the passer penalty. For whatever reason it seems he has never bee able to fully gain the confidence of the Giants' coaching staff. NJ Advance Media said sources they spoke to called Moore "troubled."
Moore had three sacks for the Giants this season, tied for second on the team with Cullen Jenkins. Robert Ayers has a team-leading four. Whatever "violating team rules" means is not clear at this point. The Giants have yet to release a statement on the matter
The 23-year-old Moore was a third-round pick in 2013. He finishes his Giants' career with 8.5 sacks in 42 games. More on this story as it develops.
Sources: A recent practice fight involving Damontre Moore may have been last straw, but he's cut for cumulative behavior issues.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) December 11, 2015
Some excellent reporting here from Dan Graziano adding detail to why Moore is no longer a Giant:
Sources say the final straw was a recent fight in practice between Moore at his defensive line teammates. But sources said Moore also had been fined several times by the team this year for rules violations and behavior problems and that the decision to waive him was based on the accumulation of issues, not just one fight.
Coaches and administrators have spoken to Moore on several occasions, this year and in years past, about his behavior in practice. Sources say Moore routinely clowned around on the practice field in front of everyone from teammates on up to Giants owner John Mara and responded poorly to efforts by teammates and coaches to get him to take practice more seriously. Moore also was penalized several times this year during games for roughing the passer, and his lack of on-field discipline earned him a full-game benching in a Week 7 victory against the Dallas Cowboys.
Sources also said Moore feuded openly with some team officials, including general manager Jerry Reese, when confronted about his behavior.