ESPN.com wrote:EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Neil O'Donnell won't be joining the New York Giants as a backup to top draft pick Eli Manning.
O'Donnell, a 14-year veteran who once started for the Jets, plans to retire rather than play another season. The Giants are seeking a veteran to help mentor Manning this year after they cut incumbent quarterback Kerry Collins, and O'Donnell was their first choice.
A native of New Jersey, O'Donnell finished his career with the Tennessee Titans. He came out of a temporary retirement to lead the Titans to a 33-13 victory over Tampa Bay in the season finale last December.
"It wasn't an easy decision," O'Donnell told the New York Daily News. "It really wasn't. It's home. All my high school buddies and everyone who followed my career, they all wanted me to come back home one more time. But I just felt the way it all ended last year, with the closure. . . . Don't tarnish the fine finish, right? That's how I look at it."
The Giants are expected to turn to Damon Huard, formerly of the Patriots, or perhaps even to Kurt Warner if he is released by St. Louis, as expected, after June 1.
Manning was selected with the first overall draft choice by San Diego, then traded to the Giants one hour later.