Eli Manning may have a new No. 2.
Quarterback Josh Freeman agreed to terms with the Giants Wednesday. The deal, which was confirmed on Twitter by his agent, Erik Burkhardt, reportedly is for one year.
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Freeman visited the Giants on Tuesday, along with Matt Flynn, and will compete for the No. 2 job with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. Flynn re-joined the Packers Wednesday.
Manning, of course, is the face of the franchise for the foreseeable future. But the Giants were on the lookout for a healthy veteran quarterback with their offseason training program set to begin Monday. Manning, their two-time Super Bowl MVP, is expected to be sidelined for six weeks following an arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle last week. He injured the ankle in the final game of last season.
The Giants expect Manning to be ready to go by the time training camp starts in mid-July. But in the meantime, Freeman, Painter and Nassib will divvy up the reps at quarterback.
Freeman, a first-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2009, was cut by Tampa Bay in October. He later was signed by the Vikings, but started just one game -- coincidentally, a Monday night game against the Giants. And thanks to Freeman's subpar prime-time performance, the Giants recorded their first victory of the season, a 23-7 win, after an 0-6 start.
Freeman completed 20 of 53 passes (37.7 percent) for 190 yards, no touchdowns and an interception for the Vikings against the Giants. He also was sacked by Justin Tuck.
Over the past three seasons, Freeman has thrown 45 touchdowns and 43 interceptions.