1. Baltimore Ravens
The favorite to ink Barkley if he leaves Big Blue is Baltimore, which isn’t much of a surprise. Similar to the Bills, there was speculation about Barkley making his way to the AFC North before the season kicked off. The Bucs were another team potentially in the mix, but everything has changed now that Brady has retired.
With the Ravens, their top priority has to be agreeing to an extension with Lamar Jackson. Despite Jackson dealing with his knee injury to close out the second half of the season, no one can argue he’s one of the most electric players in the game, and we all saw how bad the Ravens were without him running the offense.
Jackson is going to break the bank with his new deal and the Ravens will need to make sure he’s got ample stars next to him to try and get this team back to the Super Bowl. Barkley isn’t going to fix this team alone if he signs, but he would finally give Jackson a fellow dynamite player to work with next to him. The Ravens have been known more for their defensive power, but signing Barkley would change that story.
All of this could end up being meaningless if the Giants and Barkley end up agreeing to a new deal this month. With Joe Schoen back from the Senior Bowl, he said that the discussions with Barkley’s reps will once again get going.
If Barkley is willing to play for around $12-13 million a season, then his future could be at MetLife Stadium. If he wants more money, then things could end up getting complicated for him and NY.