EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The New York Giants have found a backup quarterback after acquiring Sage Rosenfels from the Minnesota Vikings on Friday.
The trade also saw running back and return specialist Darius Reynaud heading to New York in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012. The deal is pending passed physicals from both players.
New York had been in the market for a qualified backup to Eli Manning since Jim Sorgi was put on injured reserve earlier this week with a shoulder injury. Sorgi was signed in March after six seasons backing up Manning's brother Peyton in Indianapolis. That left second-year pro Rhett Bomar the most experienced QB behind Manning.
In Rosenfels, the Giants get a nine-year veteran with 32 games of experience and 12 NFL starts to his credit. The 32-year-old's most prolific year came in 2007 while filling in for an injured Matt Schaub in Houston. Rosenfels appeared in nine games and started five, completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,684 yards and 15 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions.
In 2008, Rosenfels again filled in for an injured Schaub and saw time in six games with five starts. He ended up connecting at a 66.7-percent clip for 1,431 yards and six TDs to go with 10 picks.
The Iowa State product served as the third-string quarterback in Minnesota last year behind Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson.
Reynaud is expected to help fill the void left by wide receiver and punt returner Domenik Hixon, who tore the ACL in his right knee during practice back in June and is expected to miss the entire season.
The 25-year-old is a third-year pro out of West Virginia that converted from wide receiver. He was fourth in the NFC last season with a 10.3-yard average on 30 punt returns. He added 90 yards on four kickoff returns.