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New York Giants release tight end Kyle Rudolph, running back Devontae Booker

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Giants have releasing veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Devontae Booker, the team announced Wednesday.

"Certainly not the year any of us expected, but a year we will never forget," Rudolph wrote earlier Wednesday in social media posts. "... Thanks to everyone in the building who took in and helped this old guy who needed to relearn everything about a new organization."

Rudolph texted ESPN's Adam Schefter that he is not retiring and intends to play next season.

Rudolph, 32, had just 26 catches for 257 yards with a touchdown in his only year with the Giants. It was one of the least productive seasons of an accomplished career in which he made two Pro Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 and '17.

His release was a rather easy decision for the Giants and a new regime led by general manager Joe Schoen, who said Tuesday the team would have to make "tough" decisions to reach his goal of cutting $40 million off the salary cap.

Rudolph was scheduled to count $7.4 million against the cap this year. The Giants save $5 million with the move, even if it includes $2.4 million in dead money.

By releasing Booker, who averaged 4.1 yards per carry last season, the Giants will save an additional $2 million.

New York will need to address the tight end position in free agency and/or the draft. Starter Evan Engram also is scheduled to be a free agent.

The signing of Rudolph was questionable from the start by former general manager Dave Gettleman. After agreeing to terms on a two-year deal worth $12 million last offseason, it was discovered that Rudolph would need surgery on a foot injury that limited him the previous season.

The Giants, however, decided to honor the contract and Rudolph missed the entire spring and most of the summer. He never really hit his stride in New York as it appeared he lost a step while struggling to create separation -- averaging just 2.9 yards per separation, per NextGen Stats. He averaged 4.0 yards and 3.4 yards of separation in the two previous seasons.

Rudolph, who went to Notre Dame, had spent the previous 10 seasons with the Vikings. Only his rookie season and 2014 -- when he missed almost half the year with injuries -- was he less productive than this past season.

He has 479 catches for 4,745 yards and 49 touchdowns in his professional career.