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Giants’ backup QB Alex Tanney retires after nine seasons

Eli and Daniel Jones’ backup hangs up the pads

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New York Giants back-up quarterback Alex Tanney announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday afternoon.

Tanney is calling it quits after a nine-year career as a backup quarterback. He spent the last three years of that career backing up Eli Manning and Daniel Jones for the Giants. While Tanney has only thrown 15 regular season passes in his NFL career, he was prized by the Giants for his experience in the league and presence in the quarterback room.

Tanney entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, signed by the Kansas City Chiefs out of Monmouth following the 2012 NFL Draft. The 33-year old quarterback was well-traveled over the course of his career, spending time in the rosters (or practice squads) of the Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans (again), before being signed by the Giants in 2018.

Tanney backed up Manning in 2018 and signed a two-year extension the following offseason in 2019. Tanney was released during final cut-downs, but quickly signed to the Giants’ practice squad the next day. The Giants signed Tanney to a reserve/futures contract just a month ago.