The New York Giants made some notable roster moves last week. They released defensive lineman Chris Canty, linebacker Michael Boley and running back Ahmad Bradshaw, cutting three players who were important in their 2011 Super Bowl season and who appear to have some tread left on their tires.

Boley is 30 and last year he had 64 tackles, intercepted three passes, and recovered two fumbles, returning one of them 70 yards for a touchdown. Bradshaw will be 27 next month and he has fewer than 1000 carries in the NFL. Last year, he gained yards rushing and scored six touchdowns. Canty, 30, did miss seven games with injuries last year but he still recorded three sacks.

General Manager Jerry Reese is the one who made the calls to let the players go. Certainly Tom Coughlin was consulted during the process but the final say belonged to Reese.

The decisions were largely driven by salary cap considerations. New York was about $4 million over the cap and the moves saved a total of $13.75 million against the cap.

The Redskins have a different setup when it comes to making such decisions. Head Coach Mike Shanahan has final say over who stays on the roster and who goes. He consults with Bruce Allen, mainly about salary cap ramifications, and his assistant coaches, scouts, and others but he has the last word.

There are arguments for both ways of doing things. The one in favor of the Redskins’ approach was best expressed by Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. "If I'm going to be asked to cook the meal,” said the ex-Giants coach. “I'd like to be able to pick the groceries."

On the other side, it’s a matter of short-term vs. long-term focus. Coaches are wired for the next practice, the next game, the next season. They tend to make decisions based on what will help them immediately.