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Ramses Barden's back with Giants, 'where I wanted to be'

Ramses Barden yells on the sidelines during the

Ramses Barden yells on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2012) Credit: AP

Ramses II is considered the most influential of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and is often called “Ramses the Great.” The Giants hope their sequel will be just as productive.

The team brought back Ramses Barden, a free agent wide receiver they drafted in the third round in 2009. He signed a one-year contract with the Giants Thursday.

“I’m happy to be back,” Barden said. “This is where I wanted to be and now I’m here.”

That’s a different tone than Barden had in late February when he was on the verge of free agency. Back then he told SiriusXM NFL Radio that it was “probably best for me to start looking other places for a new system, for a refreshed sense of welcoming” and “I think everybody can benefit from newness in their lives. This is going to be one of those for me.”

Barden will be helpful because he’s a receiver who knows the system and the Giants are not exactly swimming in those kind of players with Victor Cruz still an unsigned restricted free agent and Hakeem Nicks not available for the beginning of OTAs. Barden said he was out with the team watching today’s second OTA.

“I was out there listening to the calls, getting back into the rhythm of the cadence, enjoying the camaraderie and absorbing everything,” he said. “I remember everything. I’ve had four years to soak it all up. I’m happy to be back on the field. I feel great. I expect the best.”

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