The Giants have a new backup running back behind Saquon Barkley, as they agreed to terms Monday with Devontae Booker, who turns 29 in May and has experience backing up starting running backs in the NFL.
Booker gets a two-year deal worth $6 million, according to ESPN.
Barkley is coming off surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and the Giants expect him to be ready to go this summer. With Wayne Gallman, Alfred Morris and Dion Lewis all unrestricted free agents, adding a capable back was a priority. Signing Booker seemingly ends Gallman’s Giants career after four years.
Booker, originally a 2016 fourth-round draft pick of the Broncos, has appeared in 69 NFL games, with only seven starts. His best season was his rookie year, when he rushed 174 times for 612 yards for the Broncos. He spent the 2020 season with the Raiders and had 93 carries for 423 yards. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Booker has 1,526 career rushing yards, averaging 4.0 yards per attempt. He also had 122 receptions for 956 yards.