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When the Giants selected Barden in the third round of the 2009 draft they hoped they were drafting production like he showed in his career at Cal Poly. In four seasons there, Barden played in 46 games and registered 206 receptions for 4,203 yards and 50 touchdowns. Yes it was against FCS opponents, but the Giants thought he was worth trading up in the draft and giving up their third-round pick and another fifth-round pick to the Eagles.
So far they have been dead wrong.
In three seasons with the Giants, Barden has played in 17 games and recorded 15 receptions for 174 yards and a whopping zero touchdowns.
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Barden is set to make $565,000 as a base salary, with an extra $185,750 of his signing bonus, and an extra $743,000 in extra bonuses. That's an overall salary cap hit of $1,493,750.
While it's not a totally overwhelming number at first, if he's going to continue on this pace of averaging five receptions for 58 yards and no touchdowns, he isn't going to be a Giant after this season.
Make or Break:
With Mario Manningham gone and Hakeem Nicks hurt for a while the third wide receiver position is up for grabs and Barden is definitely someone the Giants would love to put there. The problem is that he isn't fast enough, doesn't create great space and has a hard time catching the ball in traffic.
I don't see Barden improving to the point where the Giants feel like they cannot lose him.