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Ex-Bucs QB Freeman lands with Giants

As an unrestricted free agent, Josh Freeman saw 21 other quarterbacks sign this offseason before landing with the Giants.

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As an unrestricted free agent, Josh Freeman saw 21 other quarterbacks sign this offseason before landing with the Giants.

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Josh Freeman's long downward spiral -- from Bucs starter to Vikings backup to a month of waiting in free agency -- ended Wednesday as he agreed to terms on a contract with the Giants as a backup to Eli Manning, according to multiple reports.

It's a fresh start for Freeman, 26, who once seemed headed for a lucrative contract extension after throwing for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012. But then-coach Greg Schiano turned instead to rookie Mike Glennon and cut Freeman loose; as an unrestricted free agent, he saw 21 other quarterbacks sign this offseason before landing with the Giants.

The Bucs have also gone in another direction since the split with Freeman, as Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik were fired after a 4-12 season and replaced by Lovie Smith and Jason Licht. Glennon is now a backup to veteran Josh McCown, and the team could take a quarterback high in next month's draft.

Freeman, who threw for 80 touchdowns in four-plus seasons as the Bucs' starting quarterback, was released by Tampa Bay after three games last season. He signed with the Vikings, but played in only one game with Minnesota -- against the Giants -- going 20-for-53 for 190 yards with an interception. He'll compete with second-year QB Ryan Nassib for the backup job to Manning, who has been sidelined this spring by an ankle injury.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:33pm]

    

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