The speculation surrounding multiple NY Giants playmakers is only going to continue leading up to Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. Despite training camp being around three weeks away, the trade rumors on running back Saquon Barkley, plus wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton won’t be going anywhere.
In a new piece, Bleacher Report has listed a player each team should consider trading before the season arrives. There were some head-turning guys mentioned, including Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott. For the Giants, though, Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobeski unsurprisingly went with Barkley as his choice for New York.
Could the NY Giants trade Saquon Barkley this summer?
"“A healthy Barkley can still be an offensive weapon, and his usage in the passing game should increase under (Brian) Daboll’s supervision,” Sobleski said of Barkley. “However, the position clearly isn’t a necessity for the scheme to be effective. Matt Breida is an experienced back behind Barkley with explosive capabilities. The real issue is with Barkley’s $7.2 million salary-cap charge this season. He’ll be the sixth-highest paid back before he even signs his first non-rookie deal. If the Giants don’t value the position highly, they can get ahead of the curve and deal Barkley to a team that does and feels he can still be the unique talent many originally thought he was when New York drafted him.”"
With Barkley entering the final year of his rookie contract, his future couldn’t be less clear with the Giants. If Barkley blows up in the new offense under Mike Kafka, he’ll surely be wanting a major payday to arrive. Will the front office, led by general manager Joe Schoen, present him with the kind of offer he wants?
On the other side of things, if Barkley struggles and plays the way he did in 2021, then there’s no way that the Giants would even want to bring him back. The thought here from Sobleski is that with it looking like the Giants and Barkley could part ways next offseason, the team could at least get something in return for him if they trade him in the coming weeks.
Barkley has already been linked to multiple teams for potential deals, including the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The issue with a Barkley trade, though, is that it would really prevent Daniel Jones from being able to play his best. Don’t forget that Danny Dimes is in his final year of his contract as well. Giants fans are split on a Barkley trade too, but at this point, it feels unlikely that he’ll be rocking a different jersey once the 2022 campaign gets underway.