The quarterback has agreed to terms on a contract with Big Blue, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday, per a source involved. Fox Sports first reported the agreement.
Before adding Freeman, the Giants' depth chart included fifth-year pro Curtis Painter and second-year signal-caller Ryan Nassib. While the purpose of adding Freeman could be to shoulder the offseason work while Manning heals, it also might be a sign that the Giants aren't smitten with their current backup situation.
Manning's iron-man streak is legendary and, assuming his ankle is healed by Week 1, there might be no passes for Freeman once the season starts. However, coming off a terrible season in which Manning was beaten up behind a porous offensive line, perhaps general manager Jerry Reese is stashing a prospect with talent as an insurance policy.
From Freeman's perspective, it is an odd choice to sit behind a man who has played 162 consecutive games, especially because Freeman also worked out with the Bears. If there was a legitimate offer from Chicago, it's puzzling that Freeman eschewed an opportunity to join quarterback-whisperer Marc Trestman and play backup to Jay Cutler -- who often misses time with injury.