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Sadly, Hilliard sent packing

Sadly, Hilliard sent packing

It was inevitable. But that certainly didn't make it any easier. Ike Hilliard, after spending eight seasons with the Giants, was released after he declined to take a pay cut.

Hilliard, slowed by seven surgeries during his career, appeared to have lost a step last season, and clearly is lacking the burner speed New York coach Tom Coughlin covets. As a result, one of the toughest, most popular receivers in Giants history is a Giant no longer. Hilliard joined the Giants as a first-round draft choice in 1997 (seventh overall pick) and in eight seasons he caught...

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