The Giants are expected to sign former Jets QB Geno Smith, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Smith, who met with the Giants last Saturday, has played in three games over the past two years with the Jets. Since New York drafted him in the second round in 2013, he has played in 33 games, throwing for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
In addition, New York has agreed to a two-year contract with QB Josh Johnson, per his agent Doug Hendrickson.
Johnson signed with the Giants prior to Week One of the 2016 season, and served as the third-string quarterback behind Ryan Nassib.
The Giants seemed to really like Josh Johnson, both his skills and his willingness to accept his role as a backup to a quarterback who never misses a game. He knows that, at age 30 and after nine NFL seasons, he is what he is. His last start came in 2011. He's only started five games in his entire career. He has no hope of competing for a starting job and his job is to hold a clipboard and be ready, just in case.
Yes, he'd be a bit of an unknown and a risk should the unthinkable happen - Manning getting hurt. But the truth is the Giants have long known that they'd be in a lot of trouble regardless if that were to ever happen. There are so few qualified quarterbacks in the NFL it's almost impossible to have a backup capable of doing more than just holding things together until the starter can return. The Giants believe that, in a pinch, Johnson could probably do at least that.
And beyond that he can be a good teammate, a smart quarterback who can be a sounding board for Manning and help him with game-planning and practice (not that Manning needs much help in either department). He knows the offense. He knows Manning. The Giants don't have to worry about breaking in someone new.
Don't be shocked if they draft a quarterback in the middle rounds this year as a developmental player - not necessarily an heir to Manning. They could still develop a young quarterback as a third-stringer while Johnson is the one helping Manning and getting ready if, by some miracle, he ever has to play a game.