Former Giants LB Antonio Pierce May Pass On Rams, Head To ESPN

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Next Stop For Former Giants LB Antonio Pierce Could Be ESPN

The Giants cut ties with LB Antonio Pierce following the season. Pierce was dealing with an injury but the thought was that he still had some left in the tank and, once healthy, he'd return to the field with another team.

That may not be the case, according to TMZ.

Pierce -- the guy who was with Plaxico Burress on the night he shot himself in New York -- just wrapped up a private audition to be an in-studio football analyst with ESPN.

Citing a source close to Pierce, TMZ reports that he's drawn interest from the Rams -- coached by former Giants coordinator Steve Spagnuolo -- but that he apparently would rather head to the studio than play for one of the NFL's worst teams.

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Giants Cut Antonio Pierce

In a not too surprising move, the Giants have cut middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Pierce, who spent five seasons with the Giants, had an off year in an injury-shortened 2009, sitting out the final month due to a bulging disk. The former defensive captain of the Giants had one year remaining on his deal.

It is not immediately clear who the Giants will target to replace Pierce. Early fan speculation has centered on middle linebacker Karlos Dansby of the Cardinals, who figures to be one of the marquee names on the free agent market this offseason. Another key factor will be whether 2010 is an uncapped season, as seems increasingly likely.

As for Pierce, the 32 year-old told the Newark Star-Ledger that he is "doing great, feeling great. Looking forward to endless possibilities." Well, almost endless: he won't be playing for the Giants anymore.

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