Madison, Knight, Droughns cut

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants re-signed David Carr to back up Eli Manning at quarterback on Monday while cutting three veterans who finished the 2008 season on injured reserve: defensive backs Sam Madison and Sammy Knight, and running back Reuben Droughns.

Carr, the first overall pick by Houston in 2002, its first season in the NFL, threw only 12 passes last season, completing nine for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Most of his action came in the final game of the season in Minnesota after the Giants already had clinched the NFC's top seed.

"I think that going beyond a one-year opportunity allows the relationship between Eli and Dave to continue to grow," coach Tom Coughlin said. "A lot of really good positive things come out of the meeting room with regard to two veteran quarterbacks ... I think it is also beneficial to David Carr's career that he spend a minimum of another year with the New York Giants."

Carr took a beating in five years as Houston's starter, getting sacked 76 times as a rookie in 2002 and 68 times in 2005. He spent 2007 with Carolina before signing with the Giants last season. In his five seasons with the Texans, he was 1,325-for-2,218 for 14,141 yards with 64 touchdowns and 72 interceptions.

"Last year was just such a positive experience for me I wanted to try to do it again," Carr said. "Just try and kind of get another one of those years under my belt just learning and continuing to better myself. Honestly, there are spots out there and starting positions and there could have been some things where it would have just been my Houston situation all over again and it wasn't really something I was looking forward to, to tell you the truth."

Droughns, Madison and Knight had a combined 33 years of NFL experience but were backups until they were hurt.

Droughns, obtained from Cleveland in a 2007 trade, led the Giants that year with six touchdowns rushing. Last year, he didn't have a carry but had 11 tackles on special teams before going on injured reserve after injuring his neck on Dec. 14.

Madison, a starter for nine seasons in Miami, played three seasons with the Giants and had the 38th interception of his career for the Giants on Nov. 9 in Philadelphia. He broke his ankle on Dec. 28 at Minnesota.

Knight, who played with New Orleans, Miami, Kansas City and Jacksonville during a 12-year career, played nine games for New York. He had a streak of 160 straight games that ended when he was inactive on Oct. 13.

The Giants also hired Al Holcomb as the defensive quality control coach. Holcomb, the former defensive line coach at Lafayette College, replaces Andre Curtis, who joined the staff of former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo with the St. Louis Rams.