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Ramses Barden Would “Love” to Re-Sign with the New York Giants

January 15th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

To say that Ramses Barden's four-year NFL career has been a disappointment thus far would be a bit of an understatement. The 6'6'' wide receiver out of Cal Poly joined the New York Giants in 2009 as a third-round pick and many dubbed him "the next Plaxico Burress" – a huge and dangerous redzone target. Those expectations have never been lived up to.

In 29 games, Barden has hauled in only 29 receptions for 394 yards and has a grand total of zero touchdowns. His best game, which accounted for most of those numbers, came in week three against the Carolina Panthers when injuries forced him into the start role. In a 36-7 victory, Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards. It was the first and only glimpse Giants fans ever got of his potential … but then he vanished back to the bench.

Soon to be an unrestricted free agent, Barden's time in New York is likely up. With Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz (RFA), Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan all likely to be back next season, and Domenik Hixon also likely to receive a new contract, there's little room left for Barden. Unless, of course, General Manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin feel he's still the right man for the #5 or #6 spot.

That reality hasn't changed Barden's mind about wanting to return, however. In a recent interview with Vibe magazine, he said he would love nothing more than the re-sign with the Giants and return in 2013.

"I would love to resign with the Giants. I’ve made [New York City] a home, made friends here and media connections for my life after football," Barden said. "I know it’s a business, so at the end of the day, a business decision will be made. My agent and I just have to sit down with the Giants' management and hopefully both parties can find a way to keep me around. Free agency doesn’t open until March so I’ll have a better idea of where I’ll be playing then."

Some will say Barden never got his fair shake in New York, so perhaps a change of scenery is in order for the youngster. Others will tell you he just wasn't good enough. Only time will tell what the Giants think, and if they let him walk, it's only a matter of time before we see if the last four years were his norm or if the coaching staff got it wrong.

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Tags: Domenik Hixon, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jerrel Jernigan, Jerry Reese, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Plaxico Burress, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

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7 Responses to “Ramses Barden Would “Love” to Re-Sign with the New York Giants”

  1.  Krow says:

    It’s hard not to feel bad for players when it doesn’t work out. We tend to just write them off like they have no feelings. But it must suck to be him right now. Damn, the NFL is a hard way to make a living.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    He had his 15 minutes of fame vs. Carolina. I really thought he could help.
    Yet, where was he when Nicks needed relief? This would have been the year to solidify his position on the team. And his miscues at the end of the first Philly game were enough to piss off the Pope.

    The real nail in his coffin is the fact that he is too slow in and out of breaks.
    A real lead foot this kid.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Krow –

    Bradshaw is not the first RB we have got value from late or undrafted. There was also Ryan Grant, Derrick Ward and Ware. Andre Brown was a good pick that just got injured and has really just gotten healthy. It’s fine if you want to keep Bradshaw but to think that we couldn’t fill out the depth chart with mid to late round picks and/or a JAG free agent is over valuing the RB position. AP is the exception, nearly everyone else is replaceable.

    That’s why I though the Carolina GM was crazy for tying up so much money in 2 RBs. It’s just not worth it when you consider what a replacement level player can do.

    Who were the GB RBs?

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Barden reminds me of a bigger Hagan. I think he can contribute in this league as a top 3 WR. But he has to be used in the right way to hightlight his strengths. I think he’s better off going elsewhere because he’s only 4th a best here on the depth chart. Jernigan could move ahead of him and we are likely to draft another WR. If he’s not top 4 then his lack of special teams play becomes a factor in being active. But knowing the system he does have value and so we have some vets in case of injury I think him or Hixon probably should be back. Hixon is better but could have more outside value as well. Hixon is kind of like of Cotchery, just the kind of role player good teams have.

  5.  Dirt says:

    Similar to Wilson “not being a pass blocker” on the bench, in Barden’s defense, it’s hard to prove you’re a red zone threat on one of the worst red zone teams in the league when you’re on the bench.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Barden played in 12 games this season. He had 14 catches for 220 yards. If you subtract tghe 9 catches for 138 yards against Carolina, that means he had 5 catches for 82 yards in 11 games.

      I don’t consider 12 game appearances as pinning someone to the bench, especially when the coaches are looking for answers to their #1 guy being hobbled. Barden had his chance here and for whatever reason, he couldn’t play in this system. Somebody will take him.

    •  rlhjr says:

      That is an excellent point. But still he has to create more seperation AKA run better patterns. A new team might be the way for Barden. However the ball club would not miss him at all.

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