Giants may bring Barden back

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The New York Giants have an open spot on their 90 man roster and may look to bring back a former Giant, Ramses Barden. Barden was a third round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and has spent his entire career with the G-men. Over four seasons he didn’t provide much to the team so when they wouldn’t offer much more then the league minimum Barden deiced to test the market. It was a market that never materialized so he’ll be in New York tomorrow to visit with the team.

Barden, the Giants’ third-round pick in 2009, is heading back to the New York area and will take a physical with team doctors on Thursday, the Daily News has learned. And if all goes well for the unrestricted free agent, according to an NFL source, he could sign a one-year deal to return before the end of the day.

It is not believed that Barden’s possible return has anything to do with worries about the absence of Cruz or Nicks. The Giants seem to expect Cruz will be re-signed in the coming weeks. And while Nicks’ absence from the start of organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday was unexplained – and seemed to irk Tom Coughlin – the team seems to expect him back this week and he has been participating in the offseason program. (NY Daily News)

A few months ago the team was interested in keeping him but only for the league minimum and wouldn’t guarantee a role. He was projected to be fourth at best on the depth chart, so he understandably tried free agency. Now he’ll be back with the Giants, if he passes the physical, for that minimum and will have to fight to make the regular season roster.

I’ve always liked Barden and hoped he could replace what Plaxico Burress brought to the team. He’s 6’6 and you just can’t over look size, unfortunately he was never able to consistently perform in practice or at games.

Maybe free agency humbled him and a one-year deal will light a little fire on him.

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