Giants RB Orleans Darkwa may be hitting free agency this offseason, but that didn't stop him from cashing in on $200,000 this Sunday.
Darkwa tallied a career-high 154 rushing yards on 20 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run on his second touch of the game. The 25-year-old reportedly needed 153 yards to reach a 750-yard milestone for the season, which earned him $200,000 in incentives.
It may be a good payday for Darkwa, but he will likely be focusing on returning to the Giants next season -- a team he would love to come back to.
"We'll see what happens," Darkwa told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I love the fans here. I love the players. I've been here for a while and it's definitely been fun, but I'm looking forward to the future. I'm not going to sit here and say I'll be back. I don't know what the future holds for me. That's to discuss with my agent."
The 75-yard touchdown run may add to his resume to bring him back next year.
"It was a gap scheme and (left guard) John Jerry came out and pulled and made a nice little block," Darkwa said. "Once we got out there, it was just the secondary.
"That's something I've been focusing on all year: Making defenders miss in the secondary. Once I got out there, I was out the gates, so you try to put on the burners. Everybody did their part."
Darkwa's case for a new contract should be pitched with him being arguably the best offensive option for the Giants this season. Now, that may not say much considering the team's production, but Darkwa did have some stellar performances this season. He totaled 117 yards on 20 carries against the Broncos, and 74 yards on 20 carries against the Chiefs to go along with today's game.
He hasn't yet been featured as the team's starter as he split time with Wayne Gallman after Paul Perkins was injured. But Darkwa believes he can work as a featured back if given the chance.
"I believe so," Darkwa said. "We didn't have a lot of wins this season, but when we did you saw I had 20-plus carries. I feel like I can do it. That's the style I run with."
It also helps Darkwa that his best performance this season came in the first game the team's new GM, Dave Gettleman, was in the building.
"With the new GM here, this is really his first impression of us as a team, his first impression of us as players individually and collectively," Darkwa said. "It's important to always go out there and play with that fire and heart and put on a good impression."
Darkwa could also have impressed the other teams watching his performance. Whether or not he is back with Big Blue, he will continue to prepare for whatever 2018 throws his way.
"It's definitely going to be different, whether it's here or with another team," Darkwa said. "I've enjoyed every minute with this team that we had. It's a business. We know how it goes.
"Right now, we're going into the offseason with a lot of stuff to get ready for, but I'm happy to get to training and get ready for next year."
In his fourth year with the Giants, Darkwa finished with 751 yards and five touchdowns on 171 carries this season.