12 New York Giants Who Won't Return Next Season

This is a pivotal offseason for Brian Daboll and the New York Giants, and that means saying goodbye to a lot of familiar faces.

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26)
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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8. Jamie Gillan

Let's go back to cut candidates, shall we? Anyone with a nickname like "The Scottish Hammer" is obviously going to be a fan favorite, and it's fun to have a punter that has some personality like Gillan. But the Giants can't be making roster decisions based on what's fun.

Gillan has frankly not been very good.

In 2023, Gillan graded out as one of PFF's worst punters (27th out of 39). Among his lowlights were an average hangtime of just 4.18 seconds — fourth-lowest among all punters. He also ranked just 27th in yards per punt.

Now, punting stats can be misleading. Gillan admittedly had the most punts downed inside the 20-yard line in the NFL. So he didn't necessarily have many opportunities to build a longer average. But this wasn't his first time posting a low yards per punt number, and in 2021 (33rd at 43.9 yards per punt) he only ranked No. 28 in punts downed inside the 20.

PFF has had him graded 27th or worse at the position in three of the last four years, and that makes it hard to justify his salary, which ranks 14th among punters.

A late-round pick or undrafted free agent should challenge Gillan for his job in training camp, and the $1.9 million in cap savings the Giants would get by cutting him will make that battle an uphill one for the vet.