5 former NY Giants who have jumped ship to join an NFC East rival

Saquon Barkley is one of many former Giants to jump ship and join an NFC East rival

Mar 14, 2024; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Saquon Barkley speaks during a
Mar 14, 2024; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Saquon Barkley speaks during a / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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1. RB Saquon Barkley

Saquon is by far the most significant and most recent player to leave the Giants to join an NFC East rival, and it stings for Big Blue fans, who will now have to get used to facing their former star running back twice a season for the next three years.

Barkley signed with the Eagles on a three-year, $37.75 million contract this offseason, making an already talented Philadelphia Eagles team even better. With the Giants in full rebuild mode and not entertaining a reunion with Saquon, fans will have to move on, but it won't be easy once we see No. 26 in Kelly Green for the first time.

With the veteran running back's significant injury history and the running back position not as in demand, Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll figured they could find a replacement and focus on improving other positions as they did with the signing of Devin Singletary and the acquisition of veteran pass-rusher Brian Burns.

After going 6-11 last year, Schoen focused on 'premium positions' instead of breaking the bank for Barkley. Some people hated this move, especially after seeing Barkley put the pen to paper with Philly. Barkley was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Giants and one of the best RBs the organization has ever seen. It won't be easy to see him making plays in Philly, no doubt.

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