September 05, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson and terminated the contract of middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley.

The Giants announced the moves Monday as they began preparing for the season opener against Dallas.

The signing of Johnson gives New York three quarterbacks for the first time since 2013. He joins Eli Manning and backup Ryan Nassib.

Johnson is a seven-year veteran who has previously been with eight teams, throwing a total of 177 regular-season passes, the last in December 2011.

Brinkley played in 15 games last season, starting nine. His 66 tackles were No. 3 on the team. He also had a sack, four forced fumbles and a recovery.

Brinkley was a contender to start until he hurt a knee and missed the final preseason game.

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