Well Gmen, the Giants struck a hidden gem this afternoon when they agreed to terms with Oakland Raider RB Rashad Jennings. Jennings filled in for the oft-injurjed Mcfadden for most of the season and performed admirably. He was a jack-of-all-trades of sorts for the Raiders, rushing for over 700 yards, accumulating over 1000 total yards, averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry, and was one of the league leaders in yards after contact.
Jennings tweeted this earlier:
Flying to the Big Apple tonight! Looking forward to signing the dotted lines with @Giants
— Rashad Jennings (@RashadJennings) March 11, 2014
Jennings is the type of hard nosed back that any team wants, because not only can he lineup in the backfield, but he can also be lined up in the slot and still flourish. He fights for extra yards and is committed to only getting better (he even sleeps in a special hyperbaric chamber)
Whether the Giants sign him and decide to make him the feature back is to be seen, but indications are that the Giants offered him around the same money that Oakland re-signed Darren McFadden for, around $4 million per year. The fact that he chose to leave Oakland, a place he enjoyed, in order to move to the opposite side of country probably means that he was tempted with the offer to be the featured back.
Or at least compete to be the featured back, as the Giants recently just re-signed RB Peyton Hillis for 2 year/$1.8 million as well. The details of the contract have yet to be released, but whatever they may be, rest assured that this was a strong pick up for the Giants.