New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Giants have signed quarterback Josh Freeman to a one-year contract, giving him a chance to compete for the No. 2 job against Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib.
Freeman worked out for the Giants on Tuesday. He also recently visited the Chicago Bears.
Freeman was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings and started just one game — losing to the Giants on “Monday Night Football.”
The 26-year-old Freeman, a first-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2009, started 56 games for the team. He enjoyed his best season in 2010, when he started 16 games and threw for 3,451 yards and 25 touchdowns with six interceptions.
He has struggled since, throwing 43 interceptions over the past four seasons.
Freeman’s signing came after starting quarterback Eli Manning underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday. The team previously announced that he will be able to run again in about six weeks.
Manning’s 151 consecutive starts rate as the longest active streak in the NFL following the retirement of Washington’s London Fletcher, and it is the third-longest by a quarterback in league history.