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Pierce says he's been released

Updated: February 12, 2010, 2:36 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The New York Giants have released middle linebacker Antonio Pierce after five seasons.

"I was shocked at first, but I'm not the one up there up in the office, and they said they felt they needed to go in another direction," Pierce told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on Thursday. "They said it wasn't my health, or the way I played, but just that -- that they were going in another direction. We left everything smooth and peaceful and I'm happy about that. I felt like I said everything I needed to ...

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