Chris Snee no longer has to worry about being five minutes early, even if Tom Coughlin will remain in his life after football.
Snee, the former Pro Bowl guard for the New York Giants, has informed the team on the eve of training camp that he intends to retire, per various reports. Big Blue Interactive first had the news, and ESPN followed with a report confirming Snee's intentions to walk away from the game after 10 seasons.
I am now being told that Giants G Chris Snee has indeed decided to retire and plans to announce it Monday.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) July 21, 2014
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Snee, who married Coughlin's daughter, was a key figure in the Giants' two Super Bowl victories over the past decade, and his absence will leave the Giants with the trio of Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Henry Hynoski as the only offensive players remaining from the Super Bowl XLVI-winning roster.
Obviously, the timing on this is not great. But the Giants, we've heard for a few months, had been planning on life without Snee and would have been prepared had he decided to play this season. Apparently, the wear and tear on Snee's body after a 141-game career was too much. He suffered hip and elbow injuries last season, which cut his year short after only three starts.
The Giants signed former Dolphin John Jerry and former Chief Geoff Schwartz in the offseason and actually have decent depth at guard with former fourth-rounders James Brewer and Brandon Mosley on the roster. They also have a competition at center between J.D. Walton and rookie Weston Richburg, and the loser of that battle could provide backup support at the other interior spots.
But, of course, Snee isn't done with Coughlin in retirement from the NFL. Now family duties are his only gig, it appears.
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