Giants agree to 3-year deal with Saquon Barkley's replacement: report

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With Saquon Barkley heading down the New Jersey turnpike to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants were quick to find his replacement.

Former Houston Texans running back Devin Singletary has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal to join the Giants next season, per multiple outlets. 

The deal is worth $16.5 million and could get up to $19.5 million with incentives, per ESPN. 


Devin Singletary runs on field

Devin Singletary #26 of the Houston Texans celebrates as he runs onto the field during player introductions before an AFC wild-card playoff football game against the Cleveland Browns at NRG Stadium on January 13, 2024 in Houston, Texas.  (Ryan Kang/Getty Images)

Singletary, 26, is coming off a career-high 898 yards with the Texans, where he earned 10 starts over 17 games. The Texans initially went with Dameon Pierce as their starter, but Singletary stood out more as the season progressed, and Houston preferred his services more. 

He also collected four rushing touchdowns and averaged 4.2 yards per carry in his one and only season with the Texans. 


Singletary was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and earned the starting role in 2020 when he rushed for 687 yards in 16 games. He was better in 2017 with 870 yards and eight total touchdowns (seven receiving), and had 819 yards and five rushing scores in 2022. 

Devin Singletary scores

Houston Texans running back Devin Singletary celebrates after scoring against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, in Houston.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The arrival of James Cook in Buffalo led to him signing with the Texans in free agency last year, and he made the best of his opportunity for a team that made it to the AFC Divisional Round. 

It’s also worth noting Giants head coach Brian Daboll is familiar with Singletary given his time with the Bills as offensive coordinator prior to joining the Giants in 2022.

Giants fans are still shocked, though, to see Barkley playing for a hated rival in the Eagles, who reportedly will sign him to a three-year pact worth up to $46.76 million when the new league year begins on Wednesday. 

Barkley all but confirmed the news with an X post thanking everyone for his six years in a Giants uniform, while being “excited for the next chapter.”

Devin Singletary celebrates touchdown

Devin Singletary #26 of the Houston Texans celebrates a touchdown in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 06, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


Singletary will join a backfield that has running backs Eric Gray, a 2023 NFL Draft pick, and Gary Brightwell on the roster now. As of now, Singletary should be the presumed starter in 2024 and beyond.  

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