Thursday, September 02, 2004

Jason Whittle returns to the Giants

The Giants sent an undisclosed draft choice to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to acquire guard Jason Whittle, who played for the Giants from 1998-2002. Whittle, 6-4, 305, played in 63 games with 19 starts for the Giants. He started all 14 games in which he played in 2002. On March 7, 2003, Whittle signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent. Last year, Whittle played in all 16 games for the Bucs and started the first five games at right guard.

In other roster moves, the Giants released kicker Bill Gramatica, offensive lineman Mike Saffer and defensive lineman Delbert Cowsette. Gramatica's departure leaves the kicking duties to Todd France, who has never kicked in an NFL regular season game.

With the moves, the Giants reached the NFL-mandated roster limit of 65 players. They also have six NFL Europe exemptions. Like all teams, they Giants must cut their active roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. Sunday, meaning they must release 18 players.

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