The Giants have released tight end Scott Simonson, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday.
Simonson played for both the Raiders and Panthers before signing with the Giants prior to the 2018 season. He played in all 16 games in 2018, and caught his first (and only) career touchdown in Week 16 against the Colts.
Simonson was injured in training camp last season and released in September, but was re-signed for the remainder of the year in November. He appeared in two games, catching two passes for 11 yards.
The Giants also released tight end Isaiah Searight, who was suspended for four games for a PED violation in 2019 after signing with the Giants in July. He did not appear in a regular season game.
The releases of Simonson and Searight leave Rhett Ellison and Kaden Smith as the tight ends who could play opposite Evan Engram in 2020, though Vacchiano has reported that Ellison is a top candidate to be a salary cap casualty as the offseason progresses. Cutting Ellison would save the Giants $5 million in cap space.
Smith, meanwhile, debuted as a rookie in Week 10 and caught 31 passes for 268 yards. He caught his first career touchdown in Week 12 against the Bears, and made nine cactches for 98 yards against the Eagles in Week 17.