In an effort to help fill the void in case they’re forced to play without their best offensive player, the Giants have signed another well-known running back to their roster. According to reports, former Jaguars, Patriots and Jets rusher James Robinson has signed with the NFC East club.
Robinson began his career as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020, recording 1,070 yards and seven rushing touchdowns while adding another 344 yards and three touchdowns in the receiving game.
Injuries have unfortunately hampered him throughout the last few seasons. After tearing his Achilles in week 16 of the 2021 season, he tried to return for the start of 2022, but never really found his footing. He was eventually traded by the Jags to the New York Jets in October, but he only managed 24 carries for 89 yards in his four games with Gang Green.
Robinson signed a two-year, $8-million contract with the Patriots earlier this offseason, but he was released by the team less than two months later.
He’ll now step into a Giants depth chart that could be relying on him, Matt Breida and fifth-round rookie Eric Gray, with Barkley set to hold out after failing to reach an agreement on a long-term extension.
Barkley is currently set to make $10,091,000 in 2023 while playing on the franchise tag, should he decide to report to the team before they kick off their season on September 10 against the Dallas Cowboys.
The two-time Pro Bowler was hoping to sign an extension before Monday’s deadline. With that out of the question it seems inevitable that this will be the former second-overall pick’s final year in the Big Apple.
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