Minnesota trades QB Rosenfels to Giants
Rosenfels gives the Giants a veteran after losing backup QB Jim Sorgi for the season
Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for He's covered the NFL for the past 16 seasons as a beat writer and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.


Updated Sep 3, 2010 9:25 PM ET

The New York Giants have a new backup for Eli Manning.

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A source told that Minnesota has traded quarterback Sage Rosenfels to the Giants. The compensation was not immediately available.

The Giants had searched for a new backup since Jim Sorgi suffered a season-ending shoulder injury earlier in the preseason. Third-stringer Rhett Bomar, a 2009 fifth-round pick, proved incapable of handling the role when starting in place of the injured Manning (laceration).

A 10-year NFL veteran with 12 career starts, Rosenfels will provide New York with a veteran presence. Rosenfels was acquired by Minnesota via trade with Houston in 2009 and signed to a three-year, $9 million contract extension. But any chance of competing for a starting spot was derailed when Minnesota signed Brett Favre.

Rosenfels has remained mired in a third-string role in Minneapolis behind backup Tarvaris Jackson despite an outstanding preseason statistically. Rosenfels completed 60.8 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions compared with Jackson, who posted a 46.2 completion percentage.

The Giants opted to trade for Rosenfels rather than pursue Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart, who is being shopped by the Cardinals.