The New York Giants may not want to let Orleans Darkwa hit the open market.
According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, the Giants expect Darkwa to receive heavy interest in free agency and could look to re-sign him before he hits the open market. Darkwa is an unrestricted free agent.
Running back Orleans Darkwa should have some suitors. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Giants try to re-sign him before the start of free agency.
Darkwa emerged as a lead runner for the Giants in 2017, but he lost a significant chunk of his snaps to rookie Wayne Gallman down the stretch. Despite playing behind an offensive line that was without its three best players, Gallman averaged over 4 yards per carry and showed an excellent ability to catch the football out of the backfield, force missed tackles, and create yards after the first contact. With a new regime in place, the Giants could look to move on from Darkwa, feature Gallman, and add another running back in what is being talked up as the deepest and most talented rookie class in the last 15 years. New head coach Pat Shurmur could also opt to bring Jerick McKinnon in after coaching him with the Vikings in 2017. General manager Dave Gettleman and Shurmur have no ties to Darkwa.
Darkwa finished as the Giants’ leading rusher in 2017 and totaled 751 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Darkwa was limited to just 11 games due to injury and staying healthy has been a challenge for him throughout his tenure with the Giants.