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Carr back to battle for backup

David Carr #8 of the New York Giants

David Carr #8 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders. (October 11, 2009) Credit: Getty Images

David Carr, who was a popular backup quarterback for Eli Manning for two years, is returning to the team and will compete with veteran Sage Rosenfels for the job.

While the acquisition does not immediately suggest that Rosenfels’ days with the Giants are over – certainly not immediately since Carr cannot practice until free agents are cleared on Thursday – it does mean that if he stays Rosenfels will likely have to take a pay cut. He is due to earn $3 million in base salary this season and during his previous time with the Giants the team was paying Carr about $1 million per year. The terms of his new deal were not immediately known.

“NY, round 2, can't wait to get back,” Carr Tweeted yesterday afternoon. “Great Staff, Great Players, Best Fans in the game...and what an amazing city. 2much 2 pass up.”

The Giants initially signed Jim Sorgi to replace Carr last offseason, but he was injured in the preseason and the team traded two draft picks to Minnesota for Rosenfels and Darius Reynaud. Rosenfels came in handy as a holder for kicker Lawrence Tynes when Matt Dodge couldn’t do the job, but he played quarterback in only one game and did not throw a pass.

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