Just 10 months ago, Davis Webb wasn't just considered to possibly be the Giants' quarterback of the future. He was almost the quarterback of the present. They were on the verge of having him replace Eli Manning late in the season.
Now, one offseason and one regime change later, Webb is out of a job.
In a stunning move, the Giants waived the 23-year-old Webb on Sunday, according to an NFL source, one day after they surprisingly kept four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. The Giants tried to trade Webb, another source said, and spoke with multiple teams about him.
But when they couldn't strike a deal, they dumped him instead.
That means the Giants are set with veteran Alex Tanney as the primary backup to the 37-year-old Eli Manning, and they will keep Kyle Lauletta, their fourth-round pick out of Richmond, as a young quarterback to develop as a possible heir to Manning's throne.
Webb, a third-round pick out of Cal last year, was once the heir-apparent. But Webb was drafted by former GM Jerry Reese and groomed by former coach Ben McAdoo. Simply put, he was not Pat Shurmur's or Dave Gettleman's guy.
Remakrably, though, he was very close to being the Giants' guy for the future when McAdoo made his fateful decision to bench Manning for a game in Oakland last Dec. 3, snapping his remarkable streak of 210 consecutive starts. McAdoo's plan was to turn the reins over to Webb down the stretch, but he didn't feel the then-rookie was ready. So he instead let veteran Geno Smith make a start.
His plan was to start Webb sometime in the following two weeks, according to multiple team sources. But after that game, he and Reese were fired instead.
After Gettleman and Shurmur were hired, they made it clear they didn't know enough about Webb to make a judgement about his future, and insisted his potential had nothing to do with their decision to pass on a quarterback at the top of the draft in April and take running back Saquon Barkley instead. They ended up drafting Lauletta and it was assumed that he and Webb would battle for the next two years for the right to succeed Manning.
Gettleman and Shurmur, though, had other plans.
Webb took almost every snap over the summer with the second team and seemed entrenched as the Giants' backup. But on Saturday, the Giants decided they had to go in another direction. They spoke with multiple teams about a deal, a source said. One report linked them to talks with the Oakland Raiders, which makes sense since they eventually acquired backup quarterback A.J. McCarron from the Buffalo Bills for a fifth-round pick.