The Josh Freeman era in New York has turned out to be a short one and has now officially come to an end as it was announced on Friday that the New York Giants released veteran quarterback after only three days of Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
Freeman, who was signed six weeks ago amidst much speculation about what it meant for both Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib, took precious few snaps over the first three days of OTAs and, apparently, proved himself expendable. And, after having released quarterback Rusty Smith earlier this month, the Giants are now down to only Nassib and Curtis Painter backing up Manning once again.
As was the case with the Minnesota Vikings, there were reportedly some concern about Freeman's ability to pick of a brand new offense. Couple that with the miraculous return to health for Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin's desire to keep only two quarterbacks, and it becomes obvious that Freeman was expendable. It also proves that all previous concern over Manning/Nassib was entirely unnecessary (who knew? cough, cough).
Gaines, who signed as an undrafted rookie free agent (UDFA) a year ago with the Baltimore Ravens, spent the 2013 season on the Bears' practice squad. At 6'6'', 334 lbs., the former Tennessee State product has the size and strength to play in the NFL, and also had many Bears fans shaking their heads when released.
Following the cut of Stephen Goodin on Thursday (replaced by WR Corey Washington), the addition of Gaines makes sense for a team without starting tackle Will Beatty (leg) and offensive lineman John Jerry (knee).
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