The Giants have signed LB Terrell Manning off the Cincinnati practice squad.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Linebacker Terrell Manning, who was with the Giants in training camp, returned to the team today when he was signed off the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad.
To make room on the roster, the Giants waived linebacker Justin Anderson, who was signed off the practice squad on Saturday and played on Sunday each of the last two weeks.
Manning, 6-2 and 237 pounds, is in his third NFL season. He played three games on special teams earlier this season for the Chicago Bears – Sept. 22 at the Jets, Sept. 28 vs. Green Bay and Oct. 12 at Atlanta. In three NFL seasons, Manning has played in nine regular-season games (five with Green Bay in 2012 and one with San Diego last year) and in two postseason games for the Packers in 2012.
He first signed with the Giants on June 16 and was waived on Aug. 30. Manning played in all five preseason games for the Giants and had five tackles (four solo) on defense and three tackles (two solo) on special teams, as well as a fumble recovery.
After leaving the Giants, Manning spent two weeks on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad before moving to Chicago, where he was moved between the active roster and the practice squad. The Bears waived him on Nov. 11 and he was signed to Cincinnati’s practice squad on Nov. 18.
The North Carolina State product was a fifth-round draft choice of the Packers in 2012, the 163rd overall selection. As a rookie, he was slowed by a digestive illness in training camp and head and shoulder injuries during the regular season. Manning made his NFL debut in the season opener vs. San Francisco, but suffered a concussion that sidelined him for the next five games. He finished the season with three special teams tackles, plus two more in the NFC Wild Card Game vs. Minnesota.
Manning was credited with seven tackles and a pass defensed in three preseason games before he was waived by the Packers on Aug. 31, 2013. He was awarded off waivers to the Chargers the following day. Manning played in San Diego’s loss at Tennessee on Sept. 22 and was released three days later. He was signed to the Chargers’ practice squad on Sept. 28 and remained there for the remainder of the season.
San Diego signed Manning to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 14 and waived him on April 14. He was awarded the next day to the Vikings, who released him on May 13.
Manning was a two-year starter and three-year letter-winner at N.C. State, where he played in 36 games with 26 starts and was credited with 207 tackles (128 solo), 10.5 sacks and five interceptions. He chose to forego his final season to enter the draft.