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Giants sign QB Sorgi to compete for backup job

Jim Sorgi, who backed up Peyton Manning in

Jim Sorgi, who backed up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, will now compete to Eli Manning's backup with the Giants. (File photo, 2006) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Giants got a second opinion on the guy who will be their second quarterback.

A day after the team's medical staff voiced concerns over Jim Sorgi's shoulder, the team signed the six-year veteran backup to a one-year deal. The Giants doctors, who examined Sorgi on Monday, conferred with Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist who has been treating Sorgi. Then they decided to greenlight the acquisition.

Sorgi, who spent his six seasons playing in only 16 games as the backup to Peyton Manning, will now be Eli Manning's backup. The Giants needed to add a second quarterback when David Carr, who held that job for the past two seasons, signed with the 49ers as a free agent. Sorgi will compete with second-year player Rhett Bomar for the backup job.

When negotiations stalled over the medical issues, Sorgi's agent, Matt Brei, urged the Giants to contact Andrews and Dr. Lewis Yocum, who have treated Sorgi. He was put on injured reserve in December with a shoulder injury. He has not thrown a pass in the NFL since 2008, appearing in only one game in 2009 without an attempt.

"I thought my workout was excellent and my shoulder felt great," Sorgi said. "I just need to continue to work on maintenance with it, but I want to be a player the Giants can count on to get the job done if need be. I am excited to be here."

After spending six years with one Manning, he'll now be with another. "Both are elite players," he said of the brothers. "I had a great time working with Peyton, and I learned a lot, obviously. The experience was invaluable as far as my development as a professional."

Said Giants coach Tom Coughlin: "Jim demonstrated in the meeting room with our coaches that he is very sharp and a very good student of the game, which you would expect after spending six years backing up Peyton . . . He was involved in the study and preparation and everything that Peyton does, so he will be outstanding in the meeting room with Eli."

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