5 offseason moves that will make Joe Schoen look like a genius

The pressure is on for Joe Schoen to make some big decision in the coming months

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1. Let Saquon Barkley walk

Yes, we're saving the most controversial idea for last. It is in the Giants' best interest to swallow their pride and let the incredible talent of Saquon Barkley leave the team in free agency. While it is tough to believe this move is in the team's best interest, history shows that the Giants would be making a grave mistake in overpaying for the star running back.

Simply put, teams that pay running backs large contracts struggle to win. Looking back at all Super Bowl winners since 2009, the team's leading rusher has never made more than $2.5 million annually. This shocking statistic shows that there are better investments than at RB, and the Giants will be better off spending the money working on the O-Line and investing in a mid-late-round RB.

With Saquon Barkley reportedly turning down a 3-year, $39 million deal this offseason in hopes of cashing in this year, he will likely command at least that number after a successful 2023 campaign. Currently renting his services on a one-year, $10.1 million franchise tag, it doesn't make sense for the Giants to splurge on an RB with the team's current state.

Ultimately, this offseason will be full of tough decisions for Schoen and Co. Look for Schoen to make big moves in hopes of returning to a playoff team in the 2024 season. If executed with precision, these moves have the potential to re-shape the Giants and position them for a successful future. The pressure is on, and the decisions made in the coming months will undoubtedly shape the franchise's trajectory.