The New York Giants surprisingly released linebacker Blake Martinez on Thursday.

According to reports there was unrest between Martinez and the coaching staff.

The 28-year-old Martinez was exempted from Wednesday's practice by the team

for personal reasons. He was back with the squad on Thursday before the move.

New York claimed an exemption from the Baltimore Ravens to 

offensive lineman Tyre Phillips to fill the roster opening.

Martinez made the team's best of 151 tackles in 2020 in his first season with the Giants.

He made 23 stops in three games last season before a season-ending ACL injury.

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