New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has proven to be one of, if not the most durable player in the NFL, starting 146 consecutive games. Back-up quarterback David Carr will be a free agent, and is reportedly interested in finding a better opportunity for playing time.
Carr came into the league as a number one overall pick in 2002, but has been unable to find a starting role since the 2007 season. On March 12, Carr will become an unrestricted free agent and is expected to draw interest from around the league.
Perhaps the team that makes the most sense is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who showed interested in acquiring him before he re-signed with the Giants prior to the start of last season. And per a source close to the Bucs, Carr would "at least be in the conversation" for a job there. Their offensive coordinator is Mike Sullivan, who is a former quarterbacks coach for the Giants and is quite familiar with Carr.
The Giants likely saw Carr's possible departure coming, signing former Indianapolis Colts backup Curtis Painter to a reserve/futures contract. In 2011, Painter started for the Colts in eight games after injuries to Peyton Manning. He was invited to the Baltimore Raven's training camp in 2012 but was cut in the preseason.
Curtis Painter probably won't be handed the back-up quarterback position as the Giants are likely to bring some competition. Some NFL sources believe the Giants could draft a quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. With the evolution of the quarterback position by players like Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them draft a quarterback with similar rushing abilities, to help the defense practice against the pistol formation and option plays that are becoming more popular in today's league.
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