EAST RUTHERFORD N.J. New York GiantsLarge receiver Sterling ShepardESPN sources said that Marrone is returning with a one-year reworked deal.
The team's longest-tenured players wanted to make a comeback. He was originally signed through 2023.
Shepard, aged 29, was due to make $8.5million in the 2022 season after sustaining an Achilles injury to his left leg. The injury occurred while he was trying to make a cut during a December loss against the Philadelphia Phillies. Dallas Cowboys.
This effectively put at risk the status as the longest-tenured Giant. Shepard was due to contribute $12.495million against the salary cap in this season's second year of a deal. The salary cap is likely to be significantly lower under the new deal.
After moving money into the future, Shepard would have been cut by the Giants to save $4.5 million.
An adjusted contract for Shepard, which came with a pay reduction, was the likely solution. He wanted to stay in New York with the same team that had selected him in Round 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.
The Giants have also been careful not leave Daniel JonesThis is the crucial season for Brian Daboll's young quarterback. Trade running back and cutting Shepard Saquon BarkleyIt was not the top priority of the new regime to reach the salary cap before the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Jones has always loved Shepard when he was healthy. The problem is that Jones cannot seem to keep Shepard healthy. Shepard has missed 17 games during the past three seasons due to a serious injury and is currently in recovery.
Sources indicated that Shepard was doing well in his rehabilitation and that the hope was that he would be physically free by the middle of summer. This would allow him to be available for the September season.
Shepard caught 36 passes for 366 yards and one touchdown in seven games last year. He has 349 receptions, 3,884 yards, and 21 touchdowns during his six professional years.