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Giants safety Alexander retires; two released

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Feb. 25, 2006) -- The New York Giants released linebacker Barrett Green and offensive lineman Jason Whittle, and announced the retirement of veteran safety Brent Alexander.

Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi made the announcement of Alexander's retirement in Indianapolis at the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

Alexander, who will turn 35 in July, led the Giants with four interceptions and finished seventh on the team with 61 tackles. He came into the league as an undrafted free agent in 1994 with the Arizona Cardinals and also played with Carolina and Pittsburgh before signing with the Giants in 2004.

Green's two seasons with the Giants were curtailed by injuries that forced him to go on injured reserve. He played in a total 11 games, including just one last season.

Whittle spent six of his seven NFL seasons with the Giants, playing guard and center and as a long snapper.

In 2004, Whittle started all 16 games, 15 as left guard and one at center, for the Giants. But in 2005, he played primarily on special teams.

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