New York Giants release quarterback Josh Freeman

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Just one month after signing the former first-round pick, the New York Giants have released quarterback Josh Freeman. Freeman, 26, was signed on April 21 as insurance after quarterback Eli Manning underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery. After Manning appeared on schedule in his recovery, Freeman was still expected to compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib for the backup job.

The Giants announced the release Friday afternoon after a strong week of OTAs in the Meadowlands.

Freeman has now been let go by his third team in less than a year. After opening 2013 as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he went from making $10.43 million as a member of the Bucs and Vikings, to being signed for the league minimum by the Giants and still couldn’t hold a job, as ESPN’s Andrew Brandt noted on Twitter.

To be fair to Freeman, he was brought in to potentially step in and start if Manning was not back to full health by September. It’s possible the Giants never had plans of making him a backup and, as his release may indicate, had no use for him with Manning no longer on the mend.

Once again on the market, Freeman is left scrambling for work and clinging to an NFL career that appears to be on a rapid decline towards rock bottom.


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