The Giants strengthened their thin QB and kick-return positions late Friday, acquiring veteran QB Sage Rosenfels and KR-RB Darius Reynaud from the Vikings in exchange for a 2011 fifth-round draft choice and a conditional 2012 pick based on how much Rosenfels plays. The trade is contingent on both players passing their Giants physicals.
Rosenfels, who's starting his 10th NFL season as a backup quarterback, gives the Giants a more experienced backup to starter Eli Manning, likely pushing second-year pro Rhett Bomar to the No. 3 spot on the depth chart. Bomar had moved up to No. 2 when Jim Sorgi went on injured reserve earlier in the week with a shoulder injury.
Rosenfels has started 12 NFL regular-season games over nine years divided among four teams - the Redskins, Dolphins, Texans and Vikings. He saw the most action and experienced the most success during his three-year stint in Houston (2006-08). Minnesota acquired him before the 2009 season to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job, but those plans changed when Brett Favre came out of retirement and joined the Vikings.
After a mostly subpar showing in the just-completed preseason, Rosenfels had dropped to No. 3 on the Vikes' depth chart behind Jackson, according to Minnesota head coach Brad Childress, making him expendable. Sixth-round pick Joe Webb is expected to inherit Rosenfels' No. 3 spot on the depth chart.
Reynaud is in his third season. He has averaged 10.3 yards on 30 punt returns, with three fumbles. Also, he has returned 12 kickoffs for a 24.2-yard average.
The Giants lost their top punt and kickoff returner when Domenik Hixon suffered a season-ending knee injury during an offseason practice.
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