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Giants bring back Barden via minimum salary benefit


Like Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden has spent his entire NFL career playing for the Giants.  Unlike Cruz, Barden became an unrestricted free agent in March.

Also unlike Cruz, Barden has re-signed with the Giants, but for roughly an order of magnitude less than the Giants have offered Cruz.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Barden’s deal takes advantage of the minimum-salary benefit, which uses a reduced cap charge for veterans with four or more years of service.  Barden, a third-round pick in 2009, will receiver a $715,000 salary and a $65,000 signing bonus.  By rule, his cap number will be only $620,000.

If Barden has a big year for Big Blue, they Giants won’t be able to re-sign him until he becomes a free agent in 2014.

The Giants once lost defensive lineman Kendrick Clancy that way.  He signed a one-year deal via the minimum-salary benefit in 2005, and the Giants couldn’t re-sign him until he hit the market in 2006.  The Cardinals signed him before the Giants could do a deal to keep him.

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8 Responses to “Giants bring back Barden via minimum salary benefit”
  1. drewfl says: May 26, 2013 11:43 PM

    Great signing!

    Gives Eli that big tall red zone target that we’ve been missing since Plaxico has been gone!

  2. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 27, 2013 12:58 AM

    Your numbers for the cap are about 30000 short!
    I was hoping the niners would take a shot at that guy!

  3. revskip says: May 27, 2013 1:59 AM

    I tried to remember Kendrick Clancy’s NFL career but was unable do so.

  4. homerx says: May 27, 2013 6:09 AM

    I remember his rookie training camp where many were saying he looked better the Nicks and now no one wants to sign him. I think he is a great signing for anyone and can certainly play a role with the Giants. Who knows, maybe he has to play a bigger role than expected now that Nicks is goofing off.

  5. sportsbastard says: May 27, 2013 8:23 AM

    Um… He’s been on the Giants since 2009, not exactly sure how this “gives Eli” anything more than he’s already had. A possible #4/5 WR.

  6. nananatman says: May 27, 2013 9:15 AM

    Sorry I was just chiseling his name back onto the injury report rock, it is kind of strange that the Giants use a rock for the injury report but paper would degrade before Barden got off it.

  7. kev86 says: May 27, 2013 10:00 AM

    G-men are deep at WR. Eli makes WRs look good. It’s been proven.

  8. kingcarlbanks says: May 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    Good hands, so-so route runner. No burst and no ability to separate from corners. Just a vet signing for depth, nothing more. I would have preferred they brought back Hixon..

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