EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The pain got to be too much for Chris Snee.
So the veteran guard told the New York Giants on Monday that he is retiring.
Snee met with coach Tom Coughlin, who also is his father-in-law, then said he was ending his NFL career after 10 seasons. He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems. He sat out minicamp last month but indicated he expected to play this season.
“I take tremendous pride in the effort that I put in the weight room and being the strongest player on the field,” the 32-year-old Snee said. “I’m nowhere near that, so I knew that even if I came here today, I wouldn’t be able to practice. You’re trying to catch up and I’ve been trying to get my strength back, but I think it’s time to just let the arm cool down.”
Snee was a second-round pick in 2004 out of Boston College and has made four Pro Bowls. He was to be the anchor of a revamped offensive line this season — a unit that underperformed in 2013 with Snee sidelined for all but three games.
Snee started every game in which he played over the last decade, 141 in all. He made the Pro Bowl in 2008, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘12, a versatile blocker as efficient in pass protection as he was in the running game. He won two Super Bowls as New York’s starting right guard.
“To me, he was the best guard in all of football,” Coughlin said. “No doubt. No matter who you put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them. When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level.”
Snee’s retirement leaves three players on the roster who won the NFL title after the 2007 and 2011 seasons: quarterback Eli Manning, long snapper Zak DeOssie and linebacker-defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who was on injured reserve for the first of those games.
Snee joined the team the same year as Manning, who now is the longest-tenured Giant.
“He called me yesterday and told me the news,” Manning said. “I kind of knew there was a possibility with everything going on with his health. I’m obviously disappointed just because we’ve had a long run together. We came in the same year, were roommates for home games and away games that first year. We’ve won a lot of games and been through a lot together and been great pals, so I told him I’d miss him.”
Coughlin, of course, has another reason for missing Snee.
“It’s different,” Coughlin said, “because not only is it a great football player retiring from the game, who has contributed so much to our team and our franchise and has two world championships to show for it, he is a highly respected and loved member of our family.”
Manziel scores as NFL’s top-selling jersey
CLEVELAND — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.
The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com.
Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle’s Russell Wilson, San Francisco’s Colin Kapernick and Denver’s Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player.
New England’s Tom Brady is seventh and New Orleans QB Drew Brees is eighth on the list. Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is 13th and Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick, had the 16th best-selling jersey.
The league did not say how many Manziel jerseys — priced at $99.95 a pop — sold during the period. More than a few seemed to have been purchased in the Cleveland area, where brown or white Manziel jerseys can be found all over the city.
The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star, who earned his Johnny Football nickname with his playmaking ability, with the No. 22 overall pick on May 8. He’s scheduled to report to training camp on Wednesday and will battle with Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland’s starter.
Bengals put Atkins on PUP list
CINCINNATI — Standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins and starting cornerback Leon Hall were among nine players placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Atkins missed seven games and the Bengals’ one playoff game last season after undergoing surgery on his right knee. He was injured on Oct. 31 at Miami and was not expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
He was an All-Pro in 2012 and has made two Pro Bowls.
Hall tore his right Achilles tendon on Oct. 20. It was his second such injury in three years.
Atkins and Hall, who started only five times last season, are eligible to come off that list anytime during the preseason. They count against the team’s 90-man roster limit.
Lions claim Wiggins off waivers from Pats
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Reese Wiggins off waivers.
Wiggins was released by the New England Patriots last week. He had 26 receptions for 372 yards and four touchdowns last year at East Carolina and caught 80 passes for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons.
Detroit made the move Monday. Detroit’s rookies are due to report Tuesday and the full squad is scheduled to arrive Sunday at team headquarters for training camp.