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Free agent RB Rashad Jennings expecting to sign with team before season

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Alex Butler
Cincinnati Bengals DB Dre Kirkpatrick tackles New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings who runs for a 24 yard gain in the 3rd quarter in Week 10 of the NFL season on November 14 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Cincinnati Bengals DB Dre Kirkpatrick tackles New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings who runs for a 24 yard gain in the 3rd quarter in Week 10 of the NFL season on November 14 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

July 10 (UPI) -- Former New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings believes that he will sign with a new NFL team before the 2017 season.

The Dancing with the Stars champion has been staying in shape and eating like a professional athlete this offseason. He told The News & Advance that he's in "the best shape" of his life.

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"I'm always going to be in shape," Jennings told The News & Advance. "That's what I'm known for across the league. A team knows they're going to have a player that's going to be in the best shape of their life."

Jennings, 32, is in Lynchburg where he hosted more than 500 campers for his Camp 180 at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.

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"Free agency right now, I'm going into year nine," Jennings told the News & Advance.

"I understand free agency and how it works. I feel like I'll be landing with a team in the next two months, but right now I feel I'm in such a peaceful place in my life, though, from transitioning to another team, transitioning to other things outside of football, doing all the philanthropic work that I do. I'm just in a peaceful place."

The Giants cut Jennings in February. The former seventh-round draft pick had 794 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his final season with the franchise.

Jennings' best season came in 2015 with the Giants, when he piled up 1,159 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2013 with the Oakland Raiders.

Jennings was recently asked if he would trade in his Silver Ball from Dancing with the Stars for a Lombardi Trophy.

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"Since we're on a roll, how about next team I'm with, lets get both," he told NFL Network.

"I really am looking forward to proving one general manager right this year...Dance, one: I'm in the best shape of my life. It's crazy. I've been able to work on so many elements of my body that I didn't even know that existed. The core strength and balance and awareness of where I'm at, I know that has helped me so far."

New York saved $2.5 million in cap space by cutting Jennings.

Jennings isn't expected to land a starting job, but could be nice depth in today's NFL, when teams depend on multiple runners out of the backfield instead of relying on just one player.

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