Running back Saquon Barkley has said consistently that he wants to end his career with the New York Giants, but the reality of the NFL is that it just might not be feasible for him to do so.
Fans and folks who dabble in New York sports betting and who have watched the Giants over the last few years know that a productive Barkley is essential to New York having a competitive season, given the team’s so-so quarterback play and the lack of impact skill players elsewhere on the roster. This past season, he played on a one-year deal.
So, as much as it makes sense for the Giants to commit to Barkley, who they desperately need to complement whoever plays quarterback, he could be on the move in free agency.
Saquon Barkley Next Team Odds
So, Where Is Barkley Headed?
Some of the salient facts are that in early February, Saquon Barkley turns 27 years old. In March, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. This is his moment to cash in.
Just for the record, Barkley’s 2023 stats were: 14 games, 962 rushing yards on 247 attempts (3.9 yards per attempt), 41 receptions for 280 yards, 10 total touchdowns (six rushing, four receiving), and 67 total first downs.
With all that said, EmpireStakes.com examined where Barkley might wind up in 2024.
To the relief of Giants fans, EmpireStakes.com handicaps his current team as the most likely specific team to land Barkley for next season (33%). However, the greater overall likelihood, according to the handicapping, is that he winds up somewhere else.
In terms of betting odds, EmpireStakes.com makes the Giants a +200 favorite to retain Barkley, meaning a chance of 33.3%.
After making the playoffs last season, the Giants regressed to 6-11 in 2023. So, they will be sitting home for the division round this weekend.
In the NFC, BetMGM NY has the San Francisco 49ers as a 9.5-point and -300 moneyline favorite over the Green Bay Packers Saturday night and the Detroit Lions a 6.5-point and -275 moneyline pick over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.