Ellison had his season ended in week 10 when he was sidelined with a concussion and he finished the season in the concussion protocol. Ellison is due to be paid $7.18 million in 2020 and it has been expected that the Giants would be releasing Ellison this off-season to free up money against the salary cap. Whether the Giants release Ellison or he retires it would free up roughly $5 million in cap space, with 2.18 remaining in dead money.
The Giants still have to make up their minds as to whether or not they will pick up Evan Engram’s fifth year option, while Kaden Smith and Garrett Dickerson are the Giants’ depth at the position.
It is possible that if Ellison decides to play another year, he and the Giants could agree on a pay cut. In that case he could play for the $2.18 million he will be getting paid regardless of what happens next year.
We will keep an eye on the situation as brain injuries are scary and players are increasingly paying attention to them and how they might impact their future health. Ellison’s decision could also impact the Giants’ plans in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.