The New York Giants have cut former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman, ending his brief tenure with the NFC East club.

They replaced him on the roster by claiming offensive tackle Rogers Gaines off waivers from the Chicago Bears.

The Giants were the team that stifled Freeman in his lone start after being traded to Minnesota last season. During a 23-7 loss, Freeman completed just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards and an interception. That was his last start for the season, which followed three starts with the Buccaneers before his benching there.

Freeman was once considered the franchise quarterback of the Bucs. In 2012, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

He was expected to take a leap last season but fell out of favor with Greg Schiano. It's clear he's now regarded as a backup at this stage of his NFL career.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun