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Giants release running back Rashad Jennings

The New York Giants aren't finished with their in-house purge.

On the heels of releasing longtime wideout Victor Cruz, the team on Monday also parted ways with running back Rashad Jennings, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The team later confirmed the release.

"Rashad is a pro's pro, on and off the field," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said in a statement. "He came to work every day and did everything we asked him to do, and always worked extra to get better at his craft."

Cutting Jennings will save the Giants $2.5 million in cap room to go along with the $7.5 million saved with the Cruz release.

Neither move should come as a massive surprise to Giants fans. Jennings ran for just 593 yards at 3.3 yards per carry last season and never topped 900 yards in any of his three campaigns in New York.

The Giants were one of the worst teams on the ground in 2016, making running back an obvious need this offseason. While fifth-rounder Paul Perkins had his moments, this committee-led attack needs more help alongside Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa.

Look for Big Blue to pick up a rookie and potentially make a run at Adrian Peterson if the Vikings decide to cut bait with the 31-year-old veteran set to count a whopping $18 million against Minnesota's cap.

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