He has already joined the Giants on the field for practices.
“I’m happy to be back,” Barden said. “This is where I wanted to be and now I’m here. I was out there listening to the calls, getting back into the rhythm of the cadence, enjoying the camaraderie and absorbing everything. I remember everything; I’ve had four years to soak it all up. I’m happy to be back on the field. I feel great. I expect the best.”
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Victor Cruz and the Giants appear to have reached a standstill in contract negotiations, and reportedly the team and Hakeem Nicks are heading in a similar direction.
With neither Cruz nor Nicks in attendance at organized team activities this week, Eli Manning is relying on a cast of young characters at wide receiver, including Reuben Randle, Louis Murphy and Jerrel Jernigan.
In need of a veteran and a player familiar with their offense, it appears help may be on the horizon.
According to reports, Ramses Barden may be on the verge of returning to the Giants, pending a physical. Should he pass, Barden could sign a one-year deal by the day's end.
It's a bit of a surprise, as Barden said in February it would probably be best if he wore a different jersey for the 2013 season. But given the current wide receive situation, perhaps it's not so shocking.
The former third-round pick by the G-Men in 2009, Barden has been a backup for the majority of his time in New York. His breakout game came while subbing in for the injured Hicks Week 3, when against Carolina he hauled in nine passes for 138 yards.
However, as Nicks returned to the lineup -- albeit largely ineffectively -- he had just four receptions.
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