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Josh Freeman agrees to contract with Giants

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Josh Freeman is Eli Manning’s new backup quarterback.

Shortly after news broke that Freeman and the Giants were close, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that the two sides have agreed to terms.

The Giants were the opponent for Freeman’s only start in a Vikings uniform, and Freeman was terrible: He completed just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, and the Vikings lost 23-7. But the Giants must have seen something that day — and in Freeman’s body of work with the Buccaneers — to make them think he has potential.

Freeman will compete with 2013 fourth-round draft pick Ryan Nassib and veteran Curtis Painter for the right to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Manning, and Freeman will probably enter training camp as the favorite to win the backup role. At age 26, there’s still time for Freeman to show that he has what it takes to be a starter, but that won’t happen in New York as long as Manning is around.

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  1. themage78 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:25 PM

    Eli, Freeman, Nassib. Goodbye Painter.

  2. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 16, 2014 12:27 PM

    How many of us who watched that Monday night game where Freeman threw half his passes into the stands thought the Giants would be signing him the next year?

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 16, 2014 12:27 PM

    Let’s see what he can do with a real team. He hasn’t been on one yet.

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  4. jpaq68 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:27 PM

    It looks like Doug Marrone is one step closer to getting the QB he’s always wanted for the Bills (Nassib).

  5. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 16, 2014 12:28 PM

    Two first round draft picks at the QB position for the GMen. Not too shabby.

  6. RexCanCoach says: Apr 16, 2014 12:28 PM

    Freeman overtakes Eli in preseason as #1. NYG finish season 6-10.

  7. zam0854 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:31 PM

    Looks like they found a backup for when Beatty gets hit with a swim move by JClowney (for the Texans) and Eli career flashes before his eyes.

  8. phillyguyindc says: Apr 16, 2014 12:31 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t win the backup job.

    He couldn’t even beat out the QB’s in Minny, that should tell you something.

  9. dtm1088 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:31 PM

    I think this is more of a temporary move considering Eli is out for awhile. Need some extra arms for OTA’s, camps and other things. I highly doubt the back up position has been determined yet.

  10. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Apr 16, 2014 12:32 PM

    They had to be intrigued by his Monday Night performance where Josh believed he was throwing to the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man.

  11. dirtydrynn27 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:38 PM

    G men ……really LOL!!!!!!

  12. schmitty2 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:39 PM

    There’s no doubt he struggled BADLY at times but in regards to that Mon nite game-yes he made some terrible passes but lets not forget he had exactly 4 practices wiht the Vikes up to that point.

  13. snookau says: Apr 16, 2014 12:39 PM

    Hahaha haha!

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 16, 2014 12:40 PM

    Celebrity Man Guy says:
    Apr 16, 2014 12:27 PM

    How many of us who watched that Monday night game where Freeman threw half his passes into the stands thought the Giants would be signing him the next year?

    ——–

    Wow, your team is terrible. I’m sure you’ll fix everything this offseason though.

  15. BigBlueDomination2014 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:42 PM

    The New York Giants greatness will rub off on Freeman and he’ll depart to take over some sub par franchise and make them a dynasty, that’s what happens to anyone that wears a Giants jersey, BTW you’re welcome Houston for Andre Brown (your new #1 RB), Tampa Bay for Louis Murphy (your best WR), and Oakland for Tuck and Boothe (the two best football players to ever wear the silver and black).

  16. 12444uggg says: Apr 16, 2014 12:42 PM

    What will Curtis Painter do!!!

  17. bucrightoff says: Apr 16, 2014 12:43 PM

    Physical talented, mentally lacking. The definition of a backup.

  18. ragnarthegreat says: Apr 16, 2014 12:45 PM

    That fiasco in Minnesota gives you an idea of how messed up the Vikings were that year. They threw him into a game with a week of prep with two healthy QB’s on the roster. I don’t know what the story was but it was pretty messed up. Josh started well in TB a while ago. Perhaps the Giants can give him the stability he needs to develop. He hasn’t had that at all.

  19. duece5 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:46 PM

    I hope the Giants have WRs that are 9′ tall!!!!

  20. bk9876 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:50 PM

    NY is a great place for a QB who couldn’t stay out of the Tampa night clubs enough to keep his NFL job. Schiano got this one right when he released Josh; the only thing he did that was right.
    Oh wait until the NY media finds out: he missed the team photo last year (only player in Buc history to miss the team photo) and that he didnt even show up for his own kids QB camp last year and stated he had both car and cell phone problems on the same morning….okay Pinocchio. Or maybe the radio interview with Ron and Ian where he sounded all coked up or out of it. The only thing this kid needs is rehab. I was a huge Josh Freeman fan until the obvious was no longer deniable. Take care #5.

  21. rajbais says: Apr 16, 2014 1:00 PM

    Giants QB Coach and ex-Bucs OC mike Sullivan is admitting one thing possibly, Schiano ruined the team and Freeman.

  22. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 16, 2014 1:01 PM

    He might start.

  23. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 16, 2014 1:01 PM

    People like to say that Freeman only had four practices before starting against New York. That isn’t true. He was signed during the bye week and practiced all week before the Carolina game. Then he practiced as the starter before the Giants game. How many practices does he need to be able to hit the broad side of a barn with a pass?

  24. mpcny says: Apr 16, 2014 1:02 PM

    Ryan Nassib was talked about as a first rd pick last year. How far has the giants view of him fallen?

  25. tbtrojan says: Apr 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    “At age 26, there’s still time for Freeman to show that he has what it takes to be a starter”
    That is the type of excuse we kept hearing from his deluded fans about keeping him, “He’s only 23/24/25, he’s going to grow into a franchise QB.”
    Problem is that simply isn’t going to happen, he’s lazy, mentally weak, has issues nobody in the media will actually talk about. As a QB he fits the old “million dollar body, 10 cent brain” saying perfectly.

  26. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    The Giants have an embarrassment of poverty of talent while the Redskins have an embarrassment of riches. A QB who wasn’t even second string for anyone last year is the Giants new starter. Another long season for the Giants watching the Redskins win yet another Super Bowl.

  27. floratiotime says: Apr 16, 2014 1:05 PM

    It’s dumb … cause like every team has a great backup QB.

  28. amgdds says: Apr 16, 2014 1:07 PM

    Low risk.

  29. pftstory says: Apr 16, 2014 1:07 PM

    The stories out of MN are that it was his off field game prep that killed his playing time and not his dreadful performance. Though of course one surely led to the other.
    Based on that, I’d worry real hard if I got beat out by Freeman if I was one of those other two QB’s.
    But such is the sad state of the NFL’s back-up QB options.

  30. fground says: Apr 16, 2014 1:07 PM

    I saw a tweet from Fox sports that noted Freeman’s final stat line with the Vikings -1 int, 1 loss for 2 million dollars.

    Not entirely fair…had the Vikings paid him more the cost per loss and ints would have been reduced substantially.

  31. kirburnicus says: Apr 16, 2014 1:08 PM

    Funny, I didn’t see him in the team photo.

  32. irishinyourface says: Apr 16, 2014 1:08 PM

    BEAST!!!!!!!! MODE!!!!!!!!! BEAST!!!!!!!!!

  33. stash918 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:12 PM

    He might be better than who we have now at backup. The good news is, if he isn’t, they’ll just cut him. No risk at all. If Freeman is worse than Painter, it’s time for the glue factory for both of them.

  34. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 16, 2014 1:13 PM

    Great signing to lift Eli’s confidence

  35. n0hopeleft says: Apr 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    The Giants will develop Freeman and Nassib into something worthy, and trade either to the sorry franchise know as the Jets for a 2nd and 4th round pick…

    Don’t worry little brother, we’re here to help you.

  36. mclovin07 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    This dude defines lazy.

    Signs with a team he has zero chance to start only proves my point. He’s perfectly content collecting 2-3m a year and holding a clipboard…

  37. baddegg says: Apr 16, 2014 1:20 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIP!

  38. jtakstaples says: Apr 16, 2014 1:21 PM

    This guy gets a job and Tebow is still chillin. 20-53? What’s the completion percentage on that?

  39. jchipwood says: Apr 16, 2014 1:23 PM

    Giants are clearly going to be the NFC Champions for sure with this signing.

  40. llojac1 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:26 PM

    pretty sad he has to settle for a back up job. Not a very smart decision to sign with the Vikings last season after he was cut now he’s settling for a back up job? He’ll be out of the league by next year…

  41. scoops1 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:28 PM

    is he going to be available for the team photo???

  42. jerrysbrother says: Apr 16, 2014 1:30 PM

    Just a training camp arm while Eli get over surgery.

  43. luvmnsports2012 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:30 PM

    To all u giant fans that think this is a good signing your fooling yourselves! Yea, the vikings threw him in there, they were desperate. What did he show you?? He friggin stinks! You can sugar coat the signing all u want and say “come to a winning organization and your game will be better”! LOL, remember the giants were a garbage team last year as well! Good luck with all that! 2 lucky Super Bowl wins with a handicap QB.

  44. truninerfan49 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:30 PM

    I want to laugh, but I can’t since Gabbert is the Niners backup QB

  45. r8rsfan says: Apr 16, 2014 1:39 PM

    Will soon join JaMarcus on the porch in Bama.

  46. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 16, 2014 1:46 PM

    GIANTS 4 SUPER BOWLS> redskins 3 super bowls

  47. kev86 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:46 PM

    freeman had a good game vs. the gmen two years ago with tampa. hit williams on a bomb late in the 4th. unfortunately for him and the bucs, Eli threw for 500 yards that day.

    eli doesnt miss games.

  48. Nic says: Apr 16, 2014 1:46 PM

    Still waiting on the results of that “leaked medical info” investigation…

  49. ctgiant says: Apr 16, 2014 1:50 PM

    When you have Painter, Nassib what’s the risk?
    I know Coughlin won’t tolerate any BS with this guy, so maybe he starts to work at this opportunity?
    CT GIANT

  50. kev86 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:53 PM

    The Giants would love for Nassib to step forward, earn the No. 2 job outright and make it unnecessary for them to carry three quarterbacks. Signing Freeman offers them competition for Painter should Nassib not take that step forward.

  51. judalation says: Apr 16, 2014 1:55 PM

    The Giants, And Jets played against freeman last year… he was terrible against the Giants, but he played well against the Jets… He has a very strong arm and accuracy but tries too hard top force the ball where he has no business throwing it… He needs to learn to be patient and take what the defense gives him…

  52. rainsarge says: Apr 16, 2014 1:58 PM

    Josh had 4 bad games last yr 3 against really good defenses and one when he was with a new team. Not 3 bad seasons

  53. trollaikman8 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:58 PM

    Good change of scenery for Freeman….because you know, there’s no cocain in NYC.

  54. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 16, 2014 2:01 PM

    Giants must have really liked what they saw of him in last years game. His fall is Jamarcus Russell-esque. He must be a headcase if they Vikings didn’t even have him suit up at the end of the season. Hopefully he can figure it out.

  55. stonefish67 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    Head case and he stinks.
    They better not have guaranteed this loser anything.
    Living in Tampa and watching this fool, was too hard to take.
    Best day when he left.
    Real impressive with the Vikings. HAHAHAHA

  56. djalakas25 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:08 PM

    Can’t believe I’m going to say his name…… But was has freeman done to deserve any nfl job over tebow

  57. fordmandalay says: Apr 16, 2014 2:17 PM

    Dream Team!!

  58. gmen5280 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:17 PM

    Eli has over 150 consecutive starts, really who cares who is holding the clipboard. How many teams have a back up QB that could come in and take their team to the SB?
    Redskins-Kirk Cousins, think again.
    Dallas-Kyle Ortton or Brandon Weeden, LOL
    Eagles – Mark Sanchez, keep dreaming.

    Again if your 1st string QB goes down, there goes the season.

    Alpha Mike Foxtrot

  59. winstonjed44 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:19 PM

    Wait, how is Painter still in the NFL? The guy looked horrible in the preseason with the Colts for years against 3rd and 4th string defenses, granted he wasn’t playing with the starters either. Then he gets his chance to start after Peyton had his neck surgery and my goodness I don’t think I have seen many qbs worse than him.

  60. cjweber5187 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:20 PM

    One bad game with a new team, teammates, and a foreign playbook and all of a sudden Freeman is a garbage QB. I don’t get it.

  61. fwippel says: Apr 16, 2014 2:41 PM

    Unless Freeman turns over a new leaf quick, it’s hard to see him making the team.

    This guy began the 2013 season as the starter in Tampa, and by year’s end, couldn’t even earn playing time on a Viking team that had some of the worst quarterbacking in the league. What happened with Freeman to start such a fall from grace?

    Maybe the Giants know something the Vikings didn’t know, but I doubt it. At least this move won’t cost the Giants $2 million.

  62. rg3sus says: Apr 16, 2014 2:48 PM

    He was handed the starting job in Tampa. He’s never really “earned” anything in the NFL. My money says he doesn’t make it past training camp. Coughlin will eat this kid alive. All aside, I’m pulling for his success

  63. 6thsense10 says: Apr 16, 2014 2:55 PM

    How many of you watched Nick Foles’ terrible game against the Cowboys last year and immediately wrote him off as a QB? Don’t lie now….the comments on PFT live forever through the internet. A simple Google search will show it. Any case…Freeman starting last year wasn’t fair to him or the team. He wasn’t on the team long enough to know much of anything or even to have any amount of practice under his belt. Freeman may be ok. Even someone like Files who had been with the Eagles for a while and was there at the beggining of the coaching change struggled mightily.

  64. mjzaky says: Apr 16, 2014 2:55 PM

    When did PFT get overtaken by trolls who just make ridiculous statements about their teams? Who are these dudes and why is it fun for them?

    Regardless, quality depth move by the Giants. Nothing not to like about it. Taking a QB in the 4th round when your franchise guy is 33 is not a wasted pick if the guy doesn’t pan out – many have Nassib rated ahead of guys being considered as 1st and 2nd rounders this year. You take your shot like the Giants did on Andre Woodson, Ryan Perilloux, Rhett Bomar, etc and move on if it doesn’t work out.

  65. mikejune says: Apr 16, 2014 2:55 PM

    “Ryan Nassib was talked about as a first rd pick last year. How far has the giants view of him fallen?”

    Talked about as a first rounder by “who”? By NFL Scouts? No. By “NFL Experts” and Mock Drafters? ESPN? Yes. (Like PFT, who had him going 8th overall in their final mock) Truth is, he was a fourth round pick and 4th rounders are projects.

    Good signing by the G-men. Anybody is an upgrade over Painter.

  66. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 16, 2014 3:00 PM

    If he beats out Painter, who clearly sucks way worse than Freeman more power to him. Nassib is on his second NFL OC and Painter couldn’t win bingo.

  67. mail2bency says: Apr 16, 2014 3:02 PM

    Well, I guess the Giants have given up.

  68. goldbloodedindfw says: Apr 16, 2014 3:22 PM

    I’ll never forget that game where he completed all those passes to Manti Te’o’s girlfriend.

  69. rhob60 says: Apr 16, 2014 3:37 PM

    Any skins fan who thinks that team will win the super bowl this year, is delusional. They have to keep Griffith healthy, which they haven’t. They wisely decided not to trade cousins, who will play at least 4 games. Freeman is training camp fodder, nothing more.

  70. williamshatnerstoupee says: Apr 16, 2014 3:48 PM

    How could have not given Tebow a shot? All he needs is a chance, and he’ll be a Hall of Famer. He’s been ostracized because of his faith.

  71. dctillidie says: Apr 16, 2014 4:04 PM

    Eli wishes he was Brady!

  72. williamshatnerstoupee says: Apr 16, 2014 4:16 PM

    My above comment was pure sarcasm, gentlemen.

  73. billco6192013 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:36 PM

    Freeman will learn now fom a top tier franchise with a 2 time superbowl qb teaching him how to prepare.A little different than what he has been doing.Remember he is just a back up,but young 26.Last chance dance for this kid.

  74. realskipbayless says: Apr 16, 2014 4:37 PM

    I’d take Tebow over Freeman. This guy is a bum

  75. 69allday says: Apr 16, 2014 6:48 PM

    And now Eli will get hurt, and he will tear up the league!

  76. acurat says: Apr 17, 2014 8:53 PM

    On the Plus side Freeman will be on a real team and with support be given every opportunity to succeed. On the negative side, he has had to deal with Schinao’s mind games for over a year now, and he is sure to have confidence issues after being under his horrendous leadership for about 18 months. Only time will tell if the Giants coaching staff can get his head back on his shoulders. This is definately his last chance and stop in the NFL. If he flames out again, he is done.

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