Giants release struggling offensive lineman Patrick Omameh, will return

The Giants released right guard Patrick Omameh on Saturday just eight months after GM Dave Gettleman signed the journeyman to a three-year, $15 million deal with $5.5 million guaranteed as part of his plan to fix Big Blue’s offensive line.

Rookie wide receiver/returner Quadree Henderson is being signed back onto the active roster just days after the team unusually exposed him to waivers to activate rookie DT R.J. McIntosh, rather than cutting a less productive player or even simply waiving Omameh on Tuesday.

“Back to making plays,” Henderson said Saturday. “It’s showtime.”

And Jamon Brown, the newly-acquired guard on waivers after his release by the Rams, is expected to start at right guard on Monday night in San Francisco in place of John Greco, who had replaced Omameh beginning in Week 7.

Omameh, 28, was a disappointment as the Giants’ starting right guard for the first six weeks of this season. His release means Gettleman now has shipped out the offensive line’s entire right side from the start of the season, along with right tackle Ereck Flowers’ release on Oct. 9.

Patrick Omameh
Patrick Omameh (Julio Cortez / AP)

Cutting him saves around $3 million against the 2019 salary cap while the Giants will have to eat the remaining $3.25 million or so of his scheduled 2019 hit in dead money.

Gettleman had pursued former Carolina Panthers All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell in free agency but lost him to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The following day Gettleman pivoted and signed Patriots left tackle Nate Solder and the Jaguars’ Omameh, then in April drafted Will Hernandez out of UTEP in the second round to start at left guard.

The Giants are averaging 4.2 yards per carry (tied for 18th in NFL), 77.9 rushing yards per game (31st) and have surrendered 31 sacks (tied for 30th).

Overthecap.com reported Saturday that Omameh’s release should seal up the Giants receiving a fourth-round compensatory pick in the 2019 draft for the free agency departure of Justin Pugh.

Henderson said his father grew up a Niners fan but had not booked a flight to Monday’s game because of the uncertainty of his son’s situation. But now that Henderson is on the active roster, he is hopeful to find his dad a flight to get to the prime time game.

Henderson’s family and friends did attend his NFL game and first Giants home game in Week 8 at MetLife Stadium against Washington. He has returned punts for 21 and 19 yards, respectively, in his first two games and maybe Monday he’ll give them a bigger show.

HOW MUCH PATIENCE FOR LOSING?

I asked Pat Shurmur on Saturday how much patience there is from an organizational level for more losing this season as the Giants coaches play new and younger players for a look at the future. Here was Shurmur’s answer:

“I don’t know what type of question that is for me,” the coach said. “I’m trying to go out and win a football game with the roster that we have. And we’re constantly looking to upgrade the roster. That’s probably a question for somebody else.”

REVENGE OF THE EX-GIANTS

Two players cast aside by Gettleman last offseason will be out for revenge against the Giants the next two weeks: 49ers center Weston Richburg on Monday night and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul the following Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan on Thursday said Richburg, whom the Niners signed in free agency, has “been as good (as) any center as I’ve had.”

“He’s been one of the main reasons I believe we’ve been able to run the ball as well as we have this year despite our injuries,” Shanahan said. “He’s battled through the last few weeks, battling some injuries, and he’s missed one game but he’s been out there playing through some stuff. And guys love him here and he’s really helped us.”

The Giants ticked off Richburg in the middle of last season by placing him on season-ending injured reserve right when he expected to be reactivated after missing time with a concussion.