Colt McCoy agrees to deal to become Daniel Jones’ backup for Giants
The New York Giants were once considered a team that could pursue Tom Brady in free agency, but they’ve signed another veteran quarterback instead. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Giants have agreed to a deal with Colt McCoy.
#Giants have agreed to terms with QB Colt McCoy, source says. He stays in the NFC East.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 19, 2020
Earlier this offseason, Eli Manning decided to retire from the NFL after 16 seasons with the Giants. As a result, New York was left with Alex Tanney as the only other quarterback on the roster besides Daniel Jones.
Given that, the Giants knew they had to add a veteran that could join the quarterback room in 2020. While he isn’t a starter in today’s league, McCoy is a decent backup for any given team. Especially one that is fielding a young quarterback that is entering his second season.
McCoy began his career in 2010 as a third-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. Over his first four seasons, McCoy spent time with the Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. Then, McCoy was able to find a long-term home with the Washington Redskins in 2014.
For the past five years, McCoy has served as a backup for the Redskins, starting in games when he’s been called upon. As a matter of fact, McCoy started in seven games during his stint in Washington, with four of them coming in 2014.
Of course, the Giants didn’t sign McCoy to compete for the starting job with Jones. Instead, McCoy was added to the roster to help Jones develop and provide a serviceable backup next season. Even though it isn’t a flashy move, signing McCoy isn’t going to hurt the team either.