The New York Giants made their biggest roster moves of the season last week when they signed star quarterback Daniel Jones to a long-term deal, which also allowed them to use their franchise tag to keep star running back Saquon Barkley with the team for another season. But on Sunday, the Giants made another move to keep a veteran player for another season.
According to a report from NFL insider Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Giants are expected to bring back veteran wide receiver Sterling Shepard on a new deal.
“The #Giants are expected to re-sign free agent WR Sterling Shepard to a new deal, per sources. Longtime Giants staple will continue his career in New York,” Fowler said in a tweet on Sunday afternoon.
The #Giants are expected to re-sign free agent WR Sterling Shepard to a new deal, per sources. Longtime Giants staple will continue his career in New York.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 12, 2023
Shepard has played all of his seven NFL seasons in New York after the Giants selected Shepard in the second round back in 2016. Bringing him back will give the Giants a veteran presence at receiver.
It’s a major move for the Giants, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
Wrote yesterday that there had been discussions about bringing Shepard back. Didn’t expect them to progress quite this fast. New regime clearly putting a value on Shepard’s culture-building role. This allows him to continue rehabbing his ACL with the Giants’ trainers https://t.co/rYnK31F3Kc
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) March 12, 2023
Wow….. Shep is gonna be back in the building! Have to think its a vet min. But can’t hate this. Just hope he can stay healthy. One of my all time favorite Giants. And a guy that is a core piece in that locker room https://t.co/Tw0fp7XYxc
— The Entertainah (@TheEntertainah) March 12, 2023
Prior to tearing his ACL, Shepard had a 29% target share through 3 games last season. https://t.co/b5VtJmW498
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) March 12, 2023
The Giants obviously value his leadership and energy. He stayed with the team even after his ACL cheering on his guys.
Though he’s racked up numerous injuries over his career. He’s missed 34 games in his last four years.
— WBG84 (@WBG84) March 12, 2023
I love this. Keep your locker room guys. Shep is one of my favorite Giants. Glad to see him wanting to remain with the team even though I’m sure this deal would be a fraction of his last. https://t.co/n8Gic5jcqG
— KB (@KidBlueRB27) March 12, 2023
I absolutely love this signing 💯 https://t.co/zQD4SahOKA
— Vibes – Eli Racks (@IamEliRacks) March 12, 2023
Shepard is undeniably talented racking up over 4,000 receiving yards throughout his career. But he’s only played 10 games over the past two seasons combined due to his injuries.