The New York Giants have acquired veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels and return specialist Darius Reynaud from the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round draft pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012, according to the New York Daily News.
Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News offers an explanation for the move.
Rosenfels became expendable in Minnesota when Brett Favre decided to unretire a few weeks ago, leaving the Vikings with a logjam at quarterback. Coach Brad Childress decided to go with Tarvaris Jackson as Favre’s backup and the Giants became interested earlier this week when they were forced to put their veteran backup, Jim Sorgi, on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Rosenfels brings plenty of experience to the job, having been with the Redskins, Dolphins, Texans and Vikings since entering the league in 2001. He last played, though, in 2008 when he started five games for the Texans, completing 66.7 percent of his passes (116 of 174) for 1,431 yards, six touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Those may not be great numbers, but the fact that he’s played in 32 NFL games and started 12 – - with a 6-6 record as a starter – - should bring a little more comfort to the position than Bomar brought. Bomar, a 2009 fifth-round pick out of Sam Houston State, spent last year on the Giants’ practice squad. And while he played reasonably well in extensive preseason action this summer – - 40 for 77 (51.9 percent) for 545 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions – - he has never appeared in an NFL regular season game.
Rosenfels is a tremendous pickup for the Giants. Reynaud, who has a career average of 24.3 yards on 12 kickoff returns and 10.3 yards on 30 punt returns over two seasons, will also help the Giants. New York spent much of the preseason searching unsuccessfully for a kick returner.
‘Kudos’ to Giants General Manager Jerry Reese for being willing to surrender a couple of draft picks to fill obvious holes.