The New York Giants have announced that they’ve re-signed backup quarterback Alex Tanney to a two-year deal.
The New York Giants will get one of their backup quarterbacks back for the 2019 season.
On Monday, Big Blue announced that they re-signed backup quarterback Alex Tanney to a two-year deal. Tanney was mainly the emergency backup to QB Eli Manning last year and didn’t take one snap the entire season.
— New York Giants (@Giants) March 4, 2019
If the Giants didn’t re-sign Tanney, he would’ve become a restricted free agent on March 13.
He will probably retain his role as the emergency backup next season despite any moves they make at quarterback in the draft. And no, the re-signing of Tanney shouldn’t affect the Giants’ draft plans at all.
A guy like Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins could very much still be a Giant next year, so don’t worry.
At 31 years old, Tanney has only played four regular seasons in the NFL. The other seasons consisted of working out with teams during the preseason to no avail when it came to granting roster spots.
Tanney played for the Cleveland Browns in 2013, the Tennessee Titans in 2015-2016, and then the Giants this past season.
In that time, he’s only appeared in one game. For the Titans in 2015, Tanney came in against the Indianapolis Colts in the final week of the regular season. He completed 10-14 of his throws for 99 yards and a touchdown. The Titans eventually lost the game, 30-24.
There’s no chance the Giants will look to develop Tanney as a backup at all, even if he’s still a Giant after Manning calls it quits. However, they believe his role as the backup ICE is the role that best suits what he’s capable of.
As a journeyman veteran backup, Alex Tanney could also work as another mentor to whomever the New York Giants potentially draft as the leading man.