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Matt Slauson released: Would ex-Bears guard help New York Giants?

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While some New York Giants fans were pining for a return to the team by safety Antrel Rolle, released Sunday by the Chicago Bears, the Bears cut loose another player who might actually be of far more interest.

Matt Slauson, a guard who has started all 85 regular-season games he has played during a six-year career with the Bears and New York Jets, was also cut by the Bears on Sunday.

Would the Giants, after not selecting an offensive lineman in the 2016 NFL Draft, make a serious run at the 6-foot-5, 320-pound 30-year-old?

Offensive Line Scouting and Development consultant Duke Manyweather, who co-hosts the Block 'Em Up podcast [iTunes link] with former Giants lineman Geoff Schwartz, thinks they should.

"He can ball!!! Played C/LG last year ... Was probably the most steady on their OL. Didn't miss a snap! True pro! If I'm the Giants I'm calling him now," Manyweather said.

The Bears decided to move on from Slauson after selecting Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair in the second round of the draft.

Here is a summary of Slauson's 2015 grades from Pro Football Focus:

He started all games for the Bears and played all 1,104 snaps last season. He allowed two sacks, one hit and nine hurries in 2015 while he received a run block grade of +9.6. His Pass Blocking Efficiency of 98.4 (one sack, zero hits and seven hurries) at guard was tied for the best with Josh Sitton. His PBE of 98.2 (one sack, one hit, two hurries) at center was good for seventh among centers in the league.

Slauson was the 13th-ranked guard in the NFL last season in Bleacher Report's positional rankings.

In pass protection, B/R's summary said that "In terms of combining physical abilities (like strength, power and body control) with a skill set built on fundamentals, it gets no better than Matt Slauson."

In run-blocking, that same summary opined that "Slauson engages quickly out of his stance in the run game, gaining hand placement to leverage defenders with hip explosion. He shows tremendous square power, generated through his base, to consistently move the point of attack."

A 2009 sixth-round pick by the Jets, Slauson has spent his career -- aside from a few games at center last season -- playing left guard.

The uncertainty with the Giants is on the right, where John Jerry (guard) and Marshall Newhouse (tackle) are the incumbent starters. Bobby Hart, a 2015 seventh-round pick, is expected to challenge for a spot on the right side. The question is, which one? Do the Giants see him as a tackle or a guard? If they truly believe Hart can play tackle perhaps a move for Slauson would make sense. If he is willing able to move to the right side.

After the draft, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said "the story is yet to be written on the right side of the offensive line."

Could Slauson be part of that story?