NY Giants sign RB Devontae Booker: The good, the bad, the grade
Very little about this signing makes sense for the NY Giants from a financial standpoint.
Booker is coming off a season with the Las Vegas Raiders, where he signed a one-year “prove-it” deal for $888,000 in 2020, and went from that paltry commitment from the Raiders to signing during the first day of the legal tampering period with the NY Giants in 2021.
It is completely reasonable for the NY Giants to have concerns about Saquon Barkley’s injury history. General manager Dave Gettleman admitted as much during his pre-free agency press conference last week. However, this is a significant commitment, averaging up to $3 million per season, in a backup running back.
For comparison, the Jacksonville Jaguars had no intention of paying a running back more than $2 million per season, and signed Micah Hyde to a deal that is worth $2 million base with incentives to push the value higher, league sources tell GMenHQ … To be their starting running back.