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David Carr looking for more playing time through free agency

David Carr tries to throw a pass as

David Carr tries to throw a pass as the Chicago Bears' Aston Whiteside gets a hit on him. (Aug. 24, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

David Carr has not started an NFL game since 2007. He’d like to change that.

The former No. 1 overall pick and, most recently the trusted deputy who handled the paperwork while Sherriff Manning took care of the bad guys for the Giants, will be a free agent in two weeks and he’s looking to move on from his semi-retirement in New York and get back in the action.

According to a league source, Carr will explore free agency with the goal of latching on to a team that needs a starter. Or at the very least has a vulnerable-enough starter already in place that he can compete against. That simply ain't the case here with the Giants. USA Today was the first to report Carr's preference.

The one team that jumps to mind immediately is the Bucs, where former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan is the offensive coordinator and Josh Freeman is, well, Josh Freeman. There are others, though. Maybe even our very own Jets. First Carr has to get to free agency before those options begin to be explored fully.

As for the Giants, they signed Curtis Painter earlier this year, presumably with an eye towards replacing Carr anyway. Painter was with the Colts, so he understands the dynamics of backing up a Manning, and he’s also only 27 years old (Carr is 33). I don’t know if he still has the long blond hair, but he also looks a little like License Plate Guy. So he’s got that going for him as well.

There’s also a chance the Giants will draft a young quarterback this spring. They haven’t taken one since Rhett Bomar in 2009, although they did dabble in Ryan Perrilloux for most of 2011. Last year it was just Eli and David, so the team is probably looking for a young quarterback it can mold and develop.

As for Carr, he left the Giants once before and wound up returning. After playing behind Manning in 2008 and 2009 he went to the 49ers in 2010 but was released by them just prior to the 2011 training camp (which followed the lockout). Everyone made a big deal about Alex Smith, but Carr was actually the first NFL quarterback to lose his job to Colin Kaepernick! Carr returned to the Giants in 2011 and won a Super Bowl ring without ever taking the field, and then played sparingly in 2012. He was often credited for his diversity and experience in running the scout teams, for helping to bring along the younger players in training camps and preseason games, and, among reporters, for lyrical, insightful quotes about the quarterback position and the state of the league in general – something Eli Manning does not provide on a regular basis.

In four years with the Giants he played in 11 games, threw 48 passes (32 of them completed), three touchdowns and no interceptions. Passer rating: 109.6. And while he was known for taking a huge number of sacks throughout his career, he was only sacked four times with the Giants. That’s 245 fewer times than he was sacked in five years with the Texans.

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