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Rashad Barksdale Cut, Too Bad Nobody Told Him:

From timesunion.com

Rashad Barksdale was in his hometown of Hudson on Friday night. As he watched his younger brother play baseball, Barksdale received a text message from a New York Giants teammate.

Make that a former teammate.

“I heard you got released,” Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas wrote to Barksdale. “Sorry about that.”

That was news to Barksdale, a cornerback from the University at Albany, who was getting ready for his first Giants training camp at his alma mater in August.

“It was a shock,” he said Monday. “I felt I was making improvement. … The shocking thing about it is, I didn’t receive any phone calls from anybody. I found out through a teammate.”

The Giants cut Barksdale to make room in their 80-man roster for rookie corner Stoney Woodson, a seventh-round pick from South Carolina who came to terms with the team Friday.

Barksdale said he eventually got a voicemail from Giants secondary coach Peter Giunta that told him, “Sorry things didn’t work out. You did a great job.” Giunta also offered to help Barksdale find another team.

But Barksdale was still disappointed he never heard directly from a member of the organization.

“You know, it’s the classy thing to do,” he said.

Barksdale, 25, signed with the Giants last September after being cut by Kansas City, where he played one season. Barksdale spent the regular season on New York’s practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster in the postseason but didn’t play.

A Giants spokesman declined comment. Woodson signed on late Friday, which made it more difficult for the Giants to contact Barksdale before they had to release him.

“This is the business side of the NFL,” said Tony Agnone, Barksdale’s agent. “Most teams contact you before they release you, but not all the time. It’s the ugly side nobody talks about.”

Agnone said the Giants explained to him that Barksdale “had made progress, but not the kind they wanted him to make.”

The timing is bad for Barksdale because many NFL teams have their rosters set for training camp.

Barksdale cleared waivers on Monday at 4 p.m., after which any team could sign him. Agnone said he believes Barksdale is talented enough to get another shot.

“It’s a tough situation I’m in,” Barksdale said. “I’m not going to let this stop me from trying to pursue my goal.”

Barksdale, who has returned to his off-season home in Kansas City, said he would have liked to be in training camp at UAlbany.

“I was really looking forward to getting back on the field where it all started in front of my family and friends,” he said.


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