Giants QB Alex Tanney To Retire

Despite agreeing to a reserve/futures contract with the Giants last month, Alex Tanney will step away from the game. The veteran reserve quarterback announced his retirement Tuesday.

Although Tanney, 33, did not end up seeing much game work during his career, he hung around for nine NFL seasons. The Division III product’s run included time with the Chiefs, Cowboys, Browns, Buccaneers, Titans, Bills, Colts and Giants.

Originally a 2012 UDFA with the Chiefs, after compiling a trick-shot highlight reel as a prospect, Tanney spent the past three seasons with the Giants. Initially signing with New York in May 2018, Tanney spent time with the team during the Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge regimes.

The Giants exercised his option in March of 2020 but ended up cutting him ahead of the regular season. However, the Monmouth (Ill.) alum made his way back to the team in early December, when Daniel Jones battled injuries, and stuck around until season’s end.

Tanney did not take many game snaps in his career but did complete 11 of the 15 passes he threw. Fourteen of those throws came in a Week 17 game with the 2015 Titans, with whom he threw his only career touchdown pass — a 5-yarder to Dorial Green-Beckham.

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  1. arty!

    9 years in the league with a stat line of 11-15 1 TD. That dude played his cards right! Enjoy retirement!

  2. padam

    Outstanding. Absolutely the model player. Stay relevant enough to remain in the league for 9 years, yet barely play and make a pretty good living without scrambling your brains.

  3. Wade Herbers

    $1.7 million plus made in his years in the NFL…..Not bad for hardly ever getting hit. Hope he spent his money wisely and has good investment’s .If so he should be ok.

    Made about $92 million less than that MORON Adrian Peterson , but I bet Alex has more $$$$ in his bank account.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    Might sound crazy but if your a broadcast network looking to hire a QB, someone like Tanney would be a far better choice than a HOF player like Brees. Tanney has bounced around and has a far wider perspective to draw on. Fans would certainly relate more to his struggle.

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