Watch Saquon Barkley admit he didn't give Giants fans the goodbye they deserved

The new Eagle wishes he could have had this moment back

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26)
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It's hard to believe that we now have to call Saquon Barkley a former NY Giants running back. After six years with the team, the former No. 2 overall pick has packed his bags and left town. We could not hate the team he'll be suiting up for more, though.

In heartbreaking fashion, Barkley signed with enemy No. 1, deciding to join the Philadelphia Eagles on a deal that will bring him home $26 million guaranteed. About 30 seconds before the news broke, Barkley posted what looked to be a half-hearted goodbye to the Big Blue faithful. While speaking to the media during his first Philly presser, even he knew he made a sizable mistake there:

Saquon Barkley has sent a new message to Giants fans after signing with the Eagles

"I don’t think I really handled it the right way on social media. I think I could’ve gave a proper goodbye. Once I announced, things kind of got hectic. I’m forever grateful for Giants fans, but unfortunately the NFL is a business. I was fortunate to come to a place I know I can compete and I can win and I can stay close to home."

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Barkley went through a ton of adversity with the Giants, including multiple ankle issues and his torn ACL. Despite that, he was a two-time Pro Bowler and helped the Giants reach the playoffs in 2022. Having said that, the initial farewell message he sent indeed wasn't good enough.

A little more than 20 words was all that Barkley had for Giants Nation? We won't lie, we were pretty darn upset with the post above from Barkley, who was adored all over New York and New Jersey ever since he made his way to the league in 2018.

Barkley is hoping Giants fans can forgive him for his weak post on Day 1 of free agency. Hey, we'll go ahead and do so. However, he shouldn't expect anyone to forgive him for joining NY's biggest rival, that's for sure.