Rhett Bomar said after Thursday's final preseason game that the prospect of the Giants bringing in another backup type quarterback from the outside didn't bother him.
Maybe it should have. On Friday night, the Giants traded an undisclosed 2011 draft pick and a conditional one in 2012 to the Vikings for 10-year veteran Sage Rosenfels, a former Redskin/Dolphin/Texan who did not play in 2009 because of the arrival of Brett Favre.
Bomar, it was reported later, was going to be cut after looking impressive throughout extensive work during the preseason. If he clears waivers, he would be eligible for a second season on the practice squad. However, a good preseason that showed a strong arm and great mobility would make passing him through waivers unlikely.
As part of that trade, the Giants also acquired kick returner Darius Reynaud, who is expected to fill an immediate need in that area. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Reynaud was fourth in the NFC last season with a 10.3-yard average on 30 punt returns. He also returned four kickoffs for 90 yards.
"We were fortunate enough to consummate a trade for two very important needs coming out of our last preseason game," general manager Jerry Reese said.
"The timing of this move was outstanding," Coach Tom Coughlin said, "in terms of our ability to solve a couple of problems and move forward."
Rosenfels, 32, who begins his 10th NFL season. The Giants are his fifth team. He has played in 32 regular season games with 12 starts (he's 6-6), and is 351 of 562 passing (62.5 percent) for 4,156 yards, 30 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. Rosenfels has been sacked only 19 times and his career passer rating is 81.2.
"Sage gives us a solid veteran backup quarterback in every way," Reese said. "If need be, he can go in and win games. He will provide a very good support system and sounding board for Eli in the film room and on the sideline on game day."
"Sage for a long time has had an outstanding reputation as a veteran quarterback who knows his role and is a true student of the game," Coughlin said. "He has been in the position of and will continue to be a great supporter of the starter. He's a guy who studies the game, he communicates with the starter and on Sunday is a great asset to the starter because he has the ability to recognize what's going on on the field, grab the starter when he comes off and become another source of information in terms of what the player sees and what he doesn't see. And that's a big, big asset to the starting quarterback, to have a guy like that on the side who is a good guy and is a student of the game. He makes the room even more academic."
Rosenfels started five games for the Texans in 2007 and '08, but was traded to the Vikings in '09 with the idea of competing for the starting job. But then along came Favre. This year, with four quarterbacks on the roster, the Vikings could not afford to keep him around.
As soon as Giants backup Jim Sorgi went down with an injured shoulder capsule, Rosenfels thought New Jersey mght be a prime landing spot.
"Something was going to happen," Rosenfels said. "I thought I might be the odd man out. I was happy with the way I played in the preseason (when he completed 31 of 51 passes and threw four touchdown passes against zero interceptions). I knew something positive was going to happen for me, whether it was staying there or going to a new location. I was extremely excited when the Giants ended up being the team that came and got me."
The Giants picked up Reynaud because of his versatility. He can return kickoffs and punts, and serve as a punt gunner, something they'll need now that they have released a solid special teamer in WR Derek Hagan.
"I wasn't expecting it," Reynaud said of the trade. "I'm glad a team was looking at me. I‘m ready to go to work. I'll be starting out with the specialists. They say they need a big return guy and they were looking at me. I love returning punts. If you can make that first guy miss, you're off the races. That's one thing I love about punt return."