The New York Giants announced they have cut quarterback Josh Freeman.
Taking Freeman’s spot on the 90-man roster is offensive tackle Rogers Gaines, who was awarded to New York off waivers from the Bears.
Freeman signed with the Giants on April 21, shortly after it was announced that starter Eli Manning underwent ankle surgery.
Manning has made remarkable progress since having that procedure. He’s taken the majority of the reps in the team’s first three OTA practices and yesterday told reporters that he hasn’t been experiencing any post-practice issues in his ankle.
The acquisition of the 6-6 and 334-pound Gaines isn’t very surprising considering recent events.
Yesterday head coach Tom Coughlin announced that offensive tackle John Jerry would miss the spring after having his knee scope.
In addition, Coughlin revealed that starting left tackle Will Beatty, who is recovering from a broken leg, would also miss the spring and hinted that Beatty (along with receiver Mario Manningham) could miss the start of training camp.
“Supposedly they’ll be ready for the fall,” Coughlin said of Beatty and Manningham.
Following the transaction, the Giants will take the same three quarterbacks into training camp as they did last year—Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter.
Gaines originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2013 following a 30-game career at Tennessee State, where he was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference as a senior.
He played in four preseason games for Baltimore last summer but was waived on Aug. 30. Gaines was signed to the Chicago Bears’ practice squad on Sept. 24 where he spent all of last season.