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3 Best Landing Spots for Saquon Barkley

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic

This NFL offseason could be viewed as the "Year of the Tailback," as several marquee names will hit the market. Of the available bunch, Saquon Barkley might just be the most dynamic.

After six years playing for the New York Giants, Barkley could find new surroundings in 2024. Most recently, the Penn State Nittany Lions alum played for Big Blue on the franchise tag. With Tuesday's tag deadline now passed, that route will no longer be an option.

Still, is there any chance the Giants and Barkley can still work out an extension?

Wherever "Saquads" elects to take his talents will be getting an all-around ball player. A three-down halfback, Barkley has elite size, speed and athleticism. From there, the 27-year-old is a quality receiver out of the backfield.

Before the league year officially restarts, let us dive into the three possible landing spots for Saquon.

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Saquon Barkley Potential Landing Spots

Dallas Cowboys

The national media has already begun to speculate that Barkley will stay in the NFC East via the Dallas Cowboys. I'm sure supporters of the Football Giants don't love hearing that, but the league is a business after all.

Dallas is one season removed from letting Ezekiel Elliott walk in free agency. Since then, the Cowboys' running game sputtered with Tony Pollard as the lone threat. In 2023, Dallas produced 1,920 yards on the ground, which was a 378-yard dip year-over-year. Considering Barkley is approximately 25 pounds heavier than Pollard, the two could make a complementary pairing.

Admittedly, the 'Boys would need to get creative financially to bring in Saquon. Heading into 2024, Dallas is more than $4 million over the salary cap, per Spotrac. Still, we have seen teams work contracts into tight spots over recent years -- perhaps they free up space somehow.

The Cowboys (+110 odds) are the favorite to win their division at FanDuel Sportsbook, while the G-Men (10-to-1) reflect the longest odds in the NFC East market. With that in mind, maybe Saquon is flexible for the right situation.

Philadelphia Eagles

Sorry, Big Blue, but it really does feel as if Barkley will not be leaving the division. It isn't at all unlikely that the Penn Stater eventually suits up for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2024.

Last year, Philly experienced a fall from grace after winning the NFC in 2022. On the field, much of that regression was due to a porous secondary and a downturn in the running game. The Eagles fell out of the top five in rushing yards last season, scoring only 11 touchdowns on the ground (compared to 32 in 2022).

After completing the recent campaign in an identity crisis, the Birds could certainly use a tailback of Barkley's talents. Philly running back D'Andre Swift was serviceable last year, but Barkley brings a bit more boom, as he is bigger, faster and stronger than the former.

Philadelphia-based Sports Radio 94WIP host Howard Eskin declares that the Eagles have interest in bringing Barkley aboard if he becomes available. In terms of cap space, Philly has about $39.7 million to work with for 2024. That is above the current league average, so perhaps the Birds strike a deal with the explosive runner.

For reference, Philadelphia is right behind Dallas at FanDuel Sportsbook's NFC East odds, showing +135 in the market.

New York Giants

Having been born in the Bronx, NY, is it possible that Barkley stays home to continue shining for the Football Giants?

NYG general manager Joe Schoen previously noted that franchise tagging Barkley was a possibility. With the tag deadline come and gone, that is obviously no longer an option. Still, perhaps the two sides can agree on an extension prior to March 13th.

New York selected Barkley at the 2018 NFL Draft with the second overall pick. Since then, Barkley has produced over 7,300 all-purpose yards to go with 47 total tuddies for the G-Men in six seasons. Simply, numbers like that don't come along often.

The Giants have some financial freedom behind $41 million of cap-space availability. That is more than enough to get something sufficient for Barkley on the books, but the two sides appear to be at an impasse. In this business, oftentimes things just run the course and move on.

For what it is worth, numberFire's power rankings currently view NYG (-8.45 nERD) as a bottom-five team in the NFL. All things considered, new scenery here could be best for all parties involved.


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