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Report: Giants to release C Baas

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The New York Giants will release center David Baas, saving $1.775 million in salary cap room, The Star-Ledger reported Monday.

The veteran was set to count $8.225 million this season against the salary cap. The Giants will save $1.775 million by releasing their 32-year-old starting center. The rest, $6.45 million, will be so-called "dead money."

ESPN.com reported that it's unclear whether Baas will be an outright release or whether the Giants will designate him a post-June 1 cut. The Giants would save $5 million against this year's salary cap if they make him a post-June 1 cut and only $1.775 million by making the cut effective Monday.

Baas will become a free agent right away -- the only difference would be that the Giants wouldn't be able to use the cap savings until June 2, according to ESPN.com

Baas missed most of last year with knee and hip injuries. He appeared in 30 games in three seasons for the Giants, helping them win the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.

One potential replacement for the Giants would be unrestricted free agent center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who played for new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo when he was with the Green Bay Packers.

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