Giants Re-Sign David Carr as Backup to Quarterback Eli Manning

The New York Giants re-signed David Carr to back up Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning.

Carr, 31, who didn’t throw a pass during the 2011 regular season, said he wanted to stay with the Giants because of his familiarity with the offensive system and the culture in the locker room. Terms of his agreement weren’t released.

“It’s a great environment,” Carr said on the team’s website. “Guys keep you humble. They keep it loose. No one takes themselves too seriously, and with all the egos and all the good football players, you’d think that would be a problem. But there’s really not that issue in this locker room.”

Carr was the first choice by the expansion Houston Texans in the 2002 National Football League draft. He played five seasons in Houston and one with the Carolina Panthers before joining the Giants.

As Manning’s backup, Carr played in three games in 2008 and six in 2009, completing 33 of 42 passes for 340 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. After a season with the San Francisco 49ers, he returned to the Giants.

In his 10-year career, Carr has completed 1,351 of 2,264 passes for 14,433 yards, 65 touchdowns and 71 interceptions. He has been sacked 266 times, including an NFL record 76 as a rookie in 2002.

“It’s just natural for me,” Carr said of the Giants’ offense. “I feel really comfortable in it. I know that if given the opportunity and put in the position to play on this team, I would do well.”

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