Devonta Booker better produce for what the Giants are paying him
Now that we’re 24 hours into the free agent negotiating period, the New York Giants have only agreed to sign one player from outside of their current roster in running back Devontae Booker.
Brad Spielberger and Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus have been handing out grades for moves that teams have been making and they gave the Giants a “below average” grade for adding Booker.
RB DEVONTAE BOOKER: TWO YEARS, UP TO $6 MILLION (TBD GUARANTEED)
Grade: Below Average
Booker should serve as an insurance policy for the Giants in case Saquon Barkley misses time again with injury. Booker’s largest role came as a rookie with Denver in 2016, when he averaged just 3.5 yards per carry on his 174 rushing attempts. His PFF grade has risen each year since, peaking at 68.7 with Las Vegas in 2020, but Booker stands out as merely decent on the ground and as an outlet in the passing game.
Those types of running backs tend to become available for cheaper, making this an interesting decision for a team that let Dalvin Tomlinson and Kevin Zeitler walk this offseason.
It does feel like the Giants overpaid for Booker. But they seem to be willing to do so even though they don’t have a lot of cap space after re-signing defensive tackle Austin Johnson to a one-year, $3 million deal.
Despite only one signing so far, the Giants did try and sign Leonard Floyd before he re-upped with the Los Angeles Rams and had some interest in cornerback Michael Davis before he decided to stay with the Los Angeles Chargers.
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