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Ex-Buc Josh Freeman joins Giants

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman agreed to terms with the Giants to provide insurance as starter Eli Manning, recovers from ankle surgery, according to several media reports.

Freeman, 26, was cut by Tampa Bay in October after a messy split, which included reports that then-coach Greg Schiano leaked that Freeman was participating in the NFL substance-abuse program. Schiano denied the reports. Freeman signed with the Vikings four days after his release but played just one game.

That happened to come against the Giants, when he went 20-for-53 for 190 yards and one interception in a 23-7 loss.

The 17th pick in the 2009 draft, Freeman started 59 games for the Bucs. He threw for 3,451 yards and 25 TDs with six interceptions in 2010. He would compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib to back up Manning, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle last Thursday.

Jets add Chris Johnson

NEW YORK — The Jets signed former Titans running back Chris Johnson, who was released by Tennessee on April 7. He met with the Jets all day Tuesday, the first team he visited. In a text message to the Associated Press, Johnson confirmed it was a two-year deal.

Johnson, 28, played six years for the Titans and was one of the NFL's fastest and most exciting backs. The Orlando native and former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in a potentially deep backfield.

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Ex-Buc Josh Freeman joins Giants 04/16/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:20pm]

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