Aug 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback David Carr (8) scrambles during the second half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

New York Giants David Carr expected to hit FA, Bucs involved?


ESPN New York expected the New York Giants to retain backup quarterback David Carr as the veteran guy behind Eli Manning, and it’s easy to forget that Carr, 33, is only one year older than Manning, 32. According to Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, the Giants backup QB is expected to hit free agency this year. Carr, according to a reply back from the New York Daily News’s Ralph Vacchiano, wants to see what the market looks like for him and even has some ambitions at starting.

While it is impossible for the veteran to find a starting gig, Carr could be valued highly by some teams as a veteran backup. The team most expect to show significant interest in the former Houston Texans starter is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, because of the connection between Carr and former Giants quarterbacks (and wide receivers) coach and current Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. The Bucs showed interest in Carr last season before Garafolo reported last year that such a deal would not happen.

Garafolo is a former Giants beat writer, and he is very well-connected with both the team and with the situation regarding David Carr. In his tweet linked above, he writes the Bucs should be interested this year as well.

Carr seems to have high ambitions, and it’s good to see that the veteran QB wants to explore some other options. He would have to get extremely lucky to land a starting job, but it is possible for Carr to find a more appealing backup gig based on his needs. Some believe that the decision to let Carr hit FA is mutual, because the Giants may want to pursue a younger backup quarterback in the draft to develop behind Eli Manning.

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