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QB Alex Tanney retires after 9 NFL seasons


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Alex Tanney, who threw only 15 passes in two games in a nine-year career – one of them after relieving Eli Manning in his final game – is retiring from the NFL, the Giants announced today.

Tanney, 33, had re-signed on Jan. 4. He spent most of the previous three seasons as a backup to Manning and then Daniel Jones.

After playing at Monmouth College in Illinois, Tanney entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. He also did stints with Dallas, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Tennessee (twice), Buffalo and Indianapolis before signing with the Giants on May 2, 2018.

Tanney made his only appearance for the team on Dec. 15, 2019, when he took over for Manning – who made the final start and appearance of his career – and completed his only pass, a one-yarder to tight end Scott Simonson, in a victory vs. Miami.

In 2020, Tanney was released at the end of training camp. On Dec. 5, the day before Jones missed the first of two late-season games with injuries, the Giants signed Tanney to their practice squad, where he remained for the remainder of the season.

Before arriving in New Jersey, Tanney played just one regular-season game. On Jan. 3, 2016, he entered the Titans' 2015 season finale as a reserve in the third quarter after Zach Mettenberger left the game with an injury. Tanney completed 10 of 14 passes for 99 yards, including his lone career touchdown, a five-yarder to Dorial Green-Beckham.

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