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Giants, defensive coordinator Wink Martindale part ways

The Giants and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale have decided to part ways, the team announced Wednesday.

Martindale is free to sign elsewhere, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, and Big Blue will keep the $3 million he was owed.

Martindale completed two seasons with the Giants after coming over from the Baltimore Ravens following the 2021-22 season. The 60-year-old coordinator spent 10 seasons with the Ravens before joining Big Blue.

In his first season with the Giants, New York allowed 45 fewer points and recorded seven more sacks than they had the previous season. The defensive improvements helped the Giants to a 9-7-1 record and their first trip to the postseason since 2016.

The Giants did not replicate the same results in 2023, going 6-11. With the team struggling, there were reports of tension between Daboll and Martindale, but both downplayed them.

On Monday, New York let go of outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins and his brother, Kevin, who was a defensive assistant. Wilkins was considered by many as Martindale's "right-hand man," and there were reports after the move that Martindale would look to resign.