On Thursday, the New York Giants brought back wide receiver Ramses Barden to bolster their depth at the position. And on Sunday, the team announced the finalizing of Barden's deal, which is a one-year agreement for $715,000 — the veteran minimum.
Earlier in the offseason, Barden felt that it was best for him to leave the Giants after four seasons with the team, but his market never developed and after two months of searching for a new home, he ended coming back to New Jersey for another tour.
“I’m happy to be back,” Barden said. “This is where I wanted to be and now I’m here. I was out there listening to the calls, getting back into the rhythm of the cadence, enjoying the camaraderie and absorbing everything. I remember everything; I’ve had four years to soak it all up. I’m happy to be back on the field. I feel great. I expect the best.”
Barden was originally a third-round draft pick back in 2009 for the Giants out of Cal Poly and with his large frame, fans felt that Barden would develop into a red-zone threat similar to Plaxico Burress, but Barden didn't live up to those expectations.
In Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers, Barden showed his potential when he started in place of the injured Hakeem Nicks by hauling in nine catches for 138 yards. In Barden's four year career, he has 29 catches for 394 yards with no touchdowns.
On the depth chart, Barden will be competing with Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan and Louis Murphy for playing time in 2013 behind Nicks and Victor Cruz, who are both currently sitting out of the Giants OTA's right now.
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