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NFL’s Giants Release Linebacker Michael Boley After Four Seasons

New York Giants Linebacker Michael Boley
New York Giants Linebacker Michael Boley appeared in all 16 regular-season games for New York this past season, with 11 starts. Photographer: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The New York Giants released linebacker Michael Boley, who spent the past four seasons with the National Football League team and was their leading tackler in a 2012 Super Bowl victory.

Boley, 30, was set to earn a base salary of $4.25 million during the 2013 NFL season.

Boley appeared in all 16 regular-season games for New York this past season, with 11 starts. He had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries, and the Giants said he was fourth on the team with 84 tackles.

“Michael came in and learned our defense quickly and he added speed, coupled with big-play ability, to our defensive unit,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said in a statement. “He also played an important role in helping us win Super Bowl XLVI. I wish him well as he moves forward in his career.”

Boley joined New York as a free agent in 2009 after four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and appeared in 57 games with the Giants, including 50 starts. He had a team-high 10 tackles in the Giants’ 21-17 Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots after the 2011 season.

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