The New York Giants claimed defensive back Shakial Taylor off of waivers from the Denver Broncos in late July, but waived him just a few short days later when they trimmed their roster down to 80.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Taylor had been reinstated to the Giants’ roster and then listed as an opt-out for the 2020 season.
Because the Giants were his last employer, they would be responsible for his $150,000 voluntary opt-out stipend, as Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News explains.
Shakial Taylor, a DB #Giants claimed off waivers from Denver in July and released days later, is listed as an opt-out under New York Giants today. I’m told it’s because Giants would be on hook for Taylor’s $150,000 stipend as a voluntary opt out as last team to have employed him. pic.twitter.com/ucgUZwIqBC
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 25, 2020
Taylor was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft, but he was waived/injured as a part of the team’s final cuts after suffering a concussion.
The Kansas product agreed to an injury settlement and was later signed back with the Colts in Week 5. He appeared in five games, recording seven tackles and one pass defensed before again being waived in November.
Taylor was claimed by the Broncos, who then waived him in July.
Taylor joins left tackle Nate Solder, wide receiver Da’Mari Scott and cornerback Sam Beal as Giants who have opted out of the 2020 season.