The New York Giants are signing wide receiver Parris Campbell to a one-year contract worth $3 million with incentives that carry a max value of $6.7 million, according to multiple reports. It represents a shrewd signing for the receiver-needy Giants. Campbell can continue reviving his career in East Rutherford.
Campbell’s contract carries a $1.5 million signing bonus and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.4 million. There’s a $100k workout bonus and Campbell will earn an additional $100,000 for each game he’s active for. And finally, Campbell’s contract is loaded with additional incentive opportunities should Campbell reach certain statistical achievements. The Giants did well to incentivize Campbell’s health, production, and availability through what’s really a one-year prove-it deal.
After a string of injuries derailed the early portion of Campbell’s career, the former Ohio State standout finally stayed healthy enough to flash the full range of his capabilities in 2022. Campbell recorded career-highs in receptions (63), receiving yards (623), and touchdowns (3). Remarkably, Campbell played a full 17-game season. Prior to 2022, Campbell had never appeared in more than seven contests in a single campaign. New-found health was at the forefront of Campbell’s success.
Campbell enjoyed fruitful stretches. Campbell’s best performance was arguably a seven-catch, 76-yard showing in a Week 10 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. In Week 18, Campbell put forth a six-grab showing in a 31-point performance. In Week 17, Campbell averaged a season-high 17.3 yards per catch. He finished how he intends to continue.
Campbell is joining a Giants receiver room that’s searching for a new leader. The Giants officially released Kenny Golladay from what was one of the worst contracts in recent professional sports memory. The Giants’ 2022 receiving leader was Darius Slayton, who totaled a modest 46 receptions for 724 yards and two touchdowns. Slayton is an unrestricted free agent and the Campbell deal insinuates he may play elsewhere in 2023. Brian Daboll’s second-leading receiver in 2022 was Richie James, who is also free to entertain competing offers.
An underrated aspect of this Campbell deal is that he’ll inherit the type of steady quarterback play that he lacked in 2022. The Colts played musical chairs at quarterback, often switching between Matt Ryan and Sam Ehlinger. Daniel Jones is the Giants’ unquestioned starter after cashing in on a career-best season by signing a four-year, $160 million contract. The Giants also plan to retain Saquon Barkley via the franchise tag. There’s a real offensive identity in place, and Campbell will appreciate that after suffering through a nightmarish campaign in Indianapolis.
Campbell’s dynamic skill set also aligns with Daboll’s vision. Daboll enjoys getting receivers involved near the line of scrimmage via manufactured touches such as jet sweeps and short crossers. Campbell averaged an elusive 4.5 yards after the catch per reception last year, via Pro Football Focus. It could be a schematic match made in heaven for all parties involved.
Free agency is often littered with buyer’s remorse. The Giants identified a rare victory via an affordable contract for Campbell. Look for Parris Campbell to quickly become a fan-favorite in Daboll’s offense.
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