Christian McCaffrey trade can finally put the NY Giants Saquon Barkley rumors to bed

Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) /

It’s all over, folks. For the last few months, everyone and their grandmas have been discussing a potential trade by the NY Giants to send running back Saquon Barkley to a new team. We’ve seen him linked to the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and more. However, we can say with confidence that No. 26 is here to stay.

On Thursday night, in blockbuster fashion, the San Francisco 49ers of all teams pulled off the deal to land Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers. As soon as this happened, people started discussing what it would take for someone to land Barkley from the Giants. Barkley is going to stay put, though.

NY Giants won’t be trading Saquon Barkley

The Panthers were able to receive San Francisco’s second, third and fourth-round picks for next year, while also hauling in a fifth-round pick for 2024. With McCaffrey, though, he’s under contract through the 2025 campaign. Barkley could hit free agency this offseason – that is if the Giants don’t tag him.

If teams were to try and trade for Barkley, he very well could end up being a rental for about half a season. With McCaffrey’s deal running for three more years, that’s why San Francisco was willing to send so many picks to Carolina. That wouldn’t be the case for Barkley and the Giants. Remember that Saquon is in the middle of a huge year, leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage. He’s a better player than McCaffrey.

No. 26 has been a major reason why the Giants are 5-1 on the year. Taking him away from this offense would send the wrong message to the locker room. Joe Schoen won’t trade one of the best RBs in the game at a discount price either.

Yes, the McCaffrey trade has people talking about other organizations trying to pull off a blockbuster of their own to bring in Barkley, but there’s just no chance something gets done. We can go ahead and send all the rumors to the back of the closet and never look or talk about them again. Barkley will keep donning Big Blue and more great plays are on the way for him.