It wasn't Adrian Peterson or even LeGarrette Blount, but the Giants have found the veteran running back they've been searching for this offseason.
Shaun Draughn, a 29-year-old journeyman who spent the last season-and-a-half with the San Francisco 49ers, has agreed to terms on a contract with the Giants, the team announced Wednesday. The 5-11, 205-pounder is a power back, who has some skills as a receiver.
He's also joining his ninth team in his seven-year NFL career.
The Giants were intent on adding a running back this offseason after cutting veteran Rashad Jennings. They are comfortable giving the starting job to second-year pro Paul Perkins, according to a source, but are not sure he can carry a full workload after rushing just 112 times last season. They re-signed Orleans Darkwa to help in the backfield and they also have veteran Shane Vereen to handle the third-down and two-minute-offense roles.
It's not clear if Draughn will be penciled in for a role, or even what it would be. He could conceivably be a short-yardage and goal-line back, or he could just be veteran insurance. Despite being in the league since 2011, he's only carried the ball 225 times. Last season -- only his second time playing all 16 games (or more than six) in a single season -- he rushed 74 times for 196 yards and four touchdowns for the 49ers. He also caught 29 passes out of the backfield for 263 yards and scored twice.
There were bigger names on the market, of course -- Peterson, Blount, Eddie Lacy, Latavius Murray -- but there had been no indication the Giants were involved with any of them. Peterson, who remains unsigned, has publicly flirted with the Giants on TV and via Twitter, and Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team would "take a look" at the future Hall of Famer when he met with the media at the NFL scouting combine three weeks ago.
Several sources said the Giants never intended to give him a serious look, though, given his age, expected salary demands, and his previous suspension from the league for child abuse.