The Giants need to add another back
The New York Giants may have signed Devontae Booker to give themselves a reliable back-up to running back Saquon Barkley, but he can’t be their contingency plan if one of the NFL’s top backs goes down with an injury again.
The Giants need to be thinking about signing another free agent back and I’ve listed three below.
Connor is a very good running back, but the problem is that he’s never been able to stay healthy during his brief career, which is why the Pittsburgh Steelers are letting him walk as a free agent.
The 25 year-old Connor has 22 touchdowns, 2,302 yards and an average of 4.3 yards per carry so far during his career. He has yet to eclipse 1,000 yards in a single season because he’s never played in a full 16 game regular season.
With Connor’s health issues, he could be a very cheap back-up for Barkley that would likely be willing to sign a one-year deal.
Burkhead is getting up there in age at 30 years-old, but he’s never been a full-time starter, so he doesn’t have a lot of mileage on his legs. He’s a good back-up that can help pound the ball and change the pace up.
Burkhead has scored 14 touchdowns and has an average of 4.1 yards per carry in his career. His base salary with the New England Patriots was just over $1 million, so he should be affordable.
Fournette was a big part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run in 2020, but they clearly don’t value him enough right now to make sure he returns for another run.
The Bucs paid Fournette a base salary of $2 million last season. I’m not sure if the Giants can afford that with how close to the cap they are right now. Burkhead or Connor might make more sense, but it wouldn’t hurt to give Fournette a call.
Update: Hours after posting this Fournette is re-signing with the Bucs.
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