New York Giants right guard Chris Snee played in just three games last season, and it was the first time since his rookie season in which he missed multiple games in a season. From 2005-2012 he missed just one game after making 11 appearances as a rookie in 2004. Snee’s season-ending injury was a huge blow to a Giants offensive line that also lost David Baas, and they would generate very little push in the running game last season.
Heading into the 2014 season, the Giants offensive line looked much stronger after a few moves to boost the play of the interior. A line of William Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Snee, and Justin Pugh looked good on paper, but we’re going to have to substitute out Snee’s name and insert the unproven Brandon Mosley as the team’s right guard.
ESPN NFL Nation’s Dan Graziano reported last night that Snee has decided to retire after a great, 10-year career with the Giants, and he will be missed by the organization, Giants fans, and some fans of other teams. It’s not a surprise that he’s decided to retire after injuries, specifically a nasty elbow injury that flared up again during offseason workouts, and time have taken their toll, but we didn’t expect him to announce his retirement so soon. In fact, he was supposed to meet with the Giants today before making a final decision, but it looks like he’ll formally announce his retirement today.
Just 32, Snee is ticketed for the “Ring of Honor” after being a key part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, helping to form top offensive line play throughout his career with the likes of Rich Seubert, Kareem McKenzie, David Diehl, and current analyst Shaun O’Hara. He also made the Pro Bowl four times, was a first-team All-Pro selection once, and he was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2010. Snee will be missed, and it’s up to either Mosley or John Jerry to hold down the fort at right guard after this sudden news.