I remember like it was yesterday. With the second pick of the 2018 draft the Giants selected Saquon Barkley. Ever since that day the relationship between Saquon and the Giants has been a bit rocky. He started off his career winning Offensive Rookie of the Year putting up great numbers for a running back. In his first season he finished with 1300 rushing yards, 721 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns. 

This first season showed the fanbase what it might be like to have a generational player on your roster. In his second season we were introduced with the possible injuries that Saquon could develop as a high usage running back and in his third season in a Week 2 matchup he tore his ACL against the Bears. This was just the beginning of the injury history for Saquon. The following year he played 13 games with around 600 rushing yards. Finally in 2022 he played his first 16 game season since his rookie year and finished with 1600 yards and 10 touchdowns.

After that great performance in 2022 the Giants were stuck in a tight bind. They had to choose between giving Quarterback Daniel Jones a contract or Saquon Barkley. The Giants ended up giving Daniel Jones the exclusive 4 year contract and franchise tagging running back Saquon Barkley. 

Saquon finished the 2023 season with 1200 total yards and 10 touchdowns. This season leaves the Giants with a tough decision. Do we place our franchise running back with the franchise tag once again or do we sign Saquon to a long term deal. Recently the NFL has shifted from being a running back being the most important person on the team vs how the NFL is now which is the scheme matters more than the player.

This decision that the Giants have to make it a tough one especially because Saquon has been the face of the franchise for the last six years. Not resigning him could change the landscape of the Giants for the foreseeable future. 

Looking at the perspective of Saquon Barkely there are a few teams that he could thrive on if he wasn’t re-signed. The two teams that standout to me are the Houston Texans and the Los Angeles Chargers. Both of these teams offer exciting offenses that could use a better running game to enhance their passing game. The Texans this year used a tandem of Dameion Pierce and Devin Singletary so it would be a smart move to add Saquon to this already dynamic offense. The Chargers previously had Austin Ekeler at running back but I think the team could benefit greatly having a star running back like Saquon. 

Although I don’t want to see Saquon on another team I just don’t see the Giants giving him the money that he is asking for and see the Giants either signing a veteran running back or get better through the draft. 

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