The New York Giants announced Monday that they have released wide receiver Cody Core after just one season with the team.
Core missed the entire 2020 season after tearing his Achilles tendon in practice on Aug. 18. He was placed on injured reserve the following day. His release was designated as “failed physical.”
Core joined the Giants in 2019 before the start of the season and led them with eight special teams tackles (six solo). A wide receiver, Core also caught three passes for 28 yards, all vs. Buffalo in Sept. 15.
The 26-year-old had proved himself as a strong special teamer as a punt gunner throughout the 2019 campaign. Judge, unfortunately, never got the chance to work with the promising special teamer.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, there is still a good chance Core returns.
The Giants cut WR Cody Core. He was due a $500K bonus in the coming weeks. Set to count $2M vs cap. Currently rehabbing a torn Achilles. Still a good chance he returns. “Door still open,” per source. Giants liked what they saw this summer, both on special teams and as WR.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 8, 2021
Core was due $2 million in 2021 with a $500,000 roster bonus and $50,000 workout bonus. Letting him go clears up $2 million in cap room. That brings their grand total somewhere around $11 million following the release of WR Golden Tate and LB David Mayo.
Core is poised to enter his fifth season in the league after spending the first three years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals.
In confirming his release, Core provided his own highlight reel: