"I would love to resign with the Giants," said Barden in a recent interview with Vibe Magazine. "I’ve made [NYC] a home, made friends here and media connections for my life after football. I know it’s a business, so at the end of the day, a business decision will be made. My agent and I just have to sit down with the Giants' management and hopefully both parties can find a way to keep me around. Free agency doesn’t open until March so I’ll have a better idea of where I’ll be playing then."
Barden, to be frank, has had an uneventful Giant career. He has 29 receptions in the 29 games he's been dressed for over the past four seasons. This year was his best (14 receptions, 220 yards) but almost all of his production came in the Week 3 game at Carolina (9 recs, 138 yards).
The Giants drafted Barden in 2009 to help defray the loss of Plaxico Burress and give the Giants a big red zone threat. Injuries and other factors (insert your thoughts here) have kept Barden from being a regular contributor in the Giants' offense.
The Giants are still neck-deep in wideouts. Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan and a host of other hopefuls the team will bring to minicamp make Barden expendable. If another team swoops in and makes Barden any kind of an upscale offer, the Giants will most likely not match it.
Too bad, Barden is a good guy. Whoever signs him will be getting a player on the rise. The Giants, however, have so many holes to fill on their roster, bringing back Barden is not a priority.