Giants land veteran QB Wright

Updated: April 13, 2007, 6:09 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The New York Giants stabilized their quarterback depth chart Friday, with ESPN.com learning that the team has reached a contract agreement with unrestricted free agent Anthony Wright, who is expected to serve as the primary backup to Eli Manning.

Anthony Wright
Wright

An eight-year veteran, Wright will officially sign a two-year contract early next week. Financial details were not immediately available. Wright appeared in four games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006, completing all three pass attempts.

The Giants will be Wright's fifth team.

Wright, 31, will represent an upgrade over Tim Hasselbeck and Jared Lorenzen, the other quarterbacks on the New York depth chart. Neither backup registered a single pass attempt in 2006, and Wright, a proven commodity, has appeared in 28 career contests.

The Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers also demonstrated interest in Wright during the free agency period, and he likely could have returned to Cincinnati for another season.

A former South Carolina star, Wright has always been blessed with a strong, live arm and good movement skills. He has completed 331 of 598 passes in his career for 3,578 yards, with 20 touchdown passes, 25 interceptions, and an efficiency rating of 66.9. Wright has run 79 times for 222 yards.

Twice in his career, in 2003 and 2005, both times with the Baltimore Ravens, he has logged seven starts in a season.

Wright originally entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1999, earning a roster spot as an undrafted college free agent. He has played in Pittsburgh (1999), Dallas (2000-01), Baltimore (2002-05) and Cincinnati (2006) in the past and has 19 career starts.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.