When the New York Giants handed out tenders to their restricted free agents (RFA) on Monday, running back Ryan Torain wasn't invited to the party. Co-Owner John Mara said the team would not tender the veteran, making him an unrestricted free agent (UFA), but that they "would like him back."
After signing with the team in late November, Torain would compete with fellow running back Kregg Lumpkin for playing time … and often came up on the losing end of that battle. In two games with the team (inactive for three), Torain wouldn't see a single carry and primarily played on special teams. However, the team has already informed Lumpkin he would not be re-signed, paving the way for Torain to return.
It seems a bit suspect that the Giants would prefer Torain over Lumpkin when Lumpkin clearly won the battle for playing time a season ago, but perhaps they see more upside with the 26-year-old. After all, it was only two season ago that Torain stepped in for an aging and injured Clinton Portis to lead the Washington Redskins with 742 yards on 164 carries (4.5 ypc).
There may be other opportunities out there for Torain, but odds are he will return to the Giants and compete with Da'Rel Scott for playing time as the No. 3 back.
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