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Top Rhett Ellison News

  • Rhett Ellison: Retires from NFL

    Ellison (concussion) is retiring from football.

    Ellison missed the final six games of 2019 after suffering a concussion in November. He had previously missed Week 17 in 2018 while recovering from concussion symptoms, so it shouldn't come as any surprise to see the 31-year-old tight end choose retirement. The Giants are left with Evan Engram and Kaden Smith at the top of their depth chart, while Ellison finishes his NFL career with 118 catches for 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns in 113 regular-season games. He was mostly known for his run blocking but also displayed flashes of pass-catching ability when Engram missed time with injuries the past few years.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: May retire this offseason

    Ellison (concussion) is considering retirement, Ryan Dunleavy of the NY Post reports.

    Ellison missed the final six games of 2019 after suffering a concussion in November. He's now entering the final season of a four-year, $18 million contract, with the Giants able to clear out $5 million in cap space if they release the 31-year-old tight end this offseason, per overthecap.com. Reading between the lines, Ellison would need to accept a pay cut to stay with the Giants, and that's assuming he even wants to play football for another season. His combination of strong blocking and competent short-pass catching could make Ellison appealing to a variety of teams in need of a No. 2 tight end.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Potential cap casualty

    Ellison (concussion) could be a cap casualty this offseason, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

    Ellison would count $7.2 million against the salary cap for New York if retained for 2020, an especially substantial sum for a team with promising options like Evan Engram (foot) and Kaden Smith both playing under rookie contracts. Barring a pay cut, it's realistic that the Giants could opt to part ways with Ellison, who ended the 2019 season on injured reserve due to a concussion, in favor of a more affordable blocking specialist.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Placed on injured reserve

    Ellison (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

    Ellison had previously been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Eagles but his placement on injured reserve allows the Giants to promote defensive tackle Chris Slayton from the practice squad. With Evan Engram (foot) out, Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson figure to account for all of the tight end snaps against the Eagles.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Out for season finale

    Ellison (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

    Unable to make his way through the NFL's concussion protocol, Ellison closes out his 2019 campaign with a sixth consecutive absence. He caught 18 of 28 targets for 167 yards and a touchdown in 10 games, making seven starts and averaging 32.3 offensive snaps per contest. Ellison has one season remaining on a four-year, $18 million contract, with the Giants able to free up $5 million in cap space if he's released during the offseason, per OverTheCap.com. The absences of Ellison and Evan Engram (foot) in Week 17 pave the way for rookie Kaden Smith to maintain a three-down role.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Limited in practice again

    Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

    Ellison has now logged back-to-back limited practice sessions to begin the week, implying that he has yet to be cleared to participate in contact drills. He's trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Eagles.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Limited to begin Week 17

    The Giants list Ellison (concussion) as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

    New York isn't holding a practice on Christmas Day, but Ellison's limited listing implies that he still hasn't been cleared to take contact. With the concussion having sidelined Ellison for the Giants' past five games, he's facing an uphill battle to clear the NFL's five-step protocol for head injuries ahead of Sunday's season finale versus the Eagles.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Out Week 16

    Ellison (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Washington, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

    Ellison appeared on track to retake the field this weekend after putting in a full practice Wednesday, but he was downgraded to limited participation Thursday and will miss his fifth straight contest. Kaden Smith is primed to serve as New York's No. 1 tight end again Sunday.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Downgraded to limited participant

    Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

    The tight end appeared on track to put an end to his four-week absence Sunday against the Redskins after taking every rep during Wednesday's practice, but his downgrade in activity a day later suddenly muddles his status. It's unclear at this point whether the Giants elected to scale back Ellison's workload coming out of Wednesday's session or if his limitations Thursday were the result of a in-practice setback. Either way, Ellison still remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and would need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist in order to suit up this weekend. With Evan Engram (foot) on injured reserve, Kaden Smith would operate as the Giants' clear No. 1 tight end if Ellison can't go Sunday.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Full go Wednesday

    Ellison (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

    Ellison is making tangible progress through the league's five-step concussion protocol after sitting out the Giants' past four games. If he's able to pass the final step of the protocol -- gaining clearance from an independent neurologist -- in advance of Sunday's game versus Washington, he could be a candidate to start at tight end after Evan Engram (foot) was moved to injured reserve this week. Rookie Kaden Smith has been serving as the Giants' top tight end while both Engram and Ellison have been sidelined since the Giants' Week 11 bye.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Out Week 15

    Ellison (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

    Ellison was able to return to practice as a limited practice participant this week but will still end up missing his fourth straight contest. Evan Engram (foot) will also be sidelined, leaving Kaden Smith to again work as the team's No. 1 tight end.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Logs limited practice

    Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

    Ellison has now recorded two straight limited practice sessions, indicating that he's making good progress through the league's protocol for head injuries. It remains to be seen whether he'll manage to receive full clearance in time for Sunday's tilt against the Dolphins. If Evan Engram (foot) is forced to miss any more time, Ellison could be in line for a notable target share when healthy.

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  • Giants' Rhett Ellison: Limited Wednesday

    Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

    Ellison has missed three straight games due to the head injury, but his activity Wednesday at least represents a step in the right direction. With top tight end Evan Engram (foot) also practicing in a limited fashion, it's possible that Ellison will be constrained to a depth role even if he manages to suit up Sunday versus the Dolphins.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 255 lbs
Birthplace: Foster City, CA, USA
Age: 35
School: USC
Experience: 9