1. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens would be the most ideal landing spot for Barkley for several reasons. First, it would fill a major position of need given the revolving door that has been the Ravens running back position in recent years. J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill have all dealt with their fair share of injuries over the years and even when they’ve been healthy, quarterback Lamar Jackson has still been the team’s best option out of the backfield.
Next, the idea of pairing Barkley with arguably the most dangerous dual-threat quarterback in the NFL would create a dynamic backfield duo and make the Ravens an even more legitimate Super Bowl contender than they already are. Opposing defenses would have a tough decision to make every time the Ravens decide to run a read option. Do they sell out to try and contain Barkley? Or, do they account for Jackson and his ability to tuck the ball and run, creating exploitable matchups and additional running lanes for Barkley if/when Jackson decides to hand the ball off?
Next, it would reunite Barkley with his former partner in crime, Odell Beckham Jr. They were teammates in 2018 during Barkley’s rookie season when Barkley won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and the pair accounted for over 3,000 yards from scrimmage. Beckham was traded to the Browns that offseason and Giants fans were left wondering what could’ve been between the star duo. While Beckham may not be the player he once was, the Ravens could trade for Barkley and live out the hypothetical scenario Big Blue nation has always wanted to see for more than one season.