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New York Giants QB David Carr Will Test Free Agency; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Interested?

March 2nd, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Casey Sherman

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.

'David Carr and Martellus Bennett Warm Up' photo (c) 2012, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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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Tags: Curtis Painter, David Carr, Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Peyton Manning

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6 Responses to “New York Giants QB David Carr Will Test Free Agency; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Interested?”

  1.  somethingtofollow says:

    That and JR seems to take a project QB every so often

  2.  Krow says:

    I always figured Carr was one of those guys who liked being around football. That he was going to play out the remaining years of his career backing up Eli … and maybe positioning himself for an eventual coaching or front office gig. He’s earned about $50,000,000, so he’s not hurting for cash. He even got a Superbowl ring … which is good for gifting to ungrateful children to auction off to sustain their idle, party lifestyle (looking at you LT).

    But if he’s really ‘testing the FA market’ then none of that is true. At 33 he’s still crazy after all these years.

    •  Rick021 says:

      I dunno. As you said, he probably isnt hurting for cash. I guess he might want another shot at actually getting some game time. Perhaps the years of sitting in relative comfort on the bench has helped him resolve some of the trauma he sustained in his earlier years in Houston

  3.  Nosh.0 says:

    I’m thinking it’s not so much Carr testing Free Agency as it is the Giants seeing if they can do better.

    I imagine the convo went like this….

    Carr: Hey Jerry, so back for 2013 at the same salary?
    Reese: Well you know, Eli is getting older, our OL sucks, God forbid we actually had to play you in meaningful game action. I mean no offense David, but that’s how G.M.’s get fired.

  4.  Dirt says:

    Backup quarterbacks have won how many Super Bowls? Less than 20% without a doubt. So that means that odds are, if your man goes down, likely so does your season.

    So when you’re asking yourself where are you going to find money to sign Cruz or Phillips or Bennett, having anything but a lowest cost solution at backup quarterback is absurd.

    So long, David. Hello developmental rookie and your cost efficient contract.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      I actually agree with you here. JR is blowing salary out the door at amazin’ speed so I think he figures it’s time to get a youngin’ in here and learn the system. Let’s just pray the kid will be a better option than Rhett Bomar was.

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