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3 Most Likely Saquon Barkley Trade Destinations

Devon Platana
The three most likely trade destinations for New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley.
The three most likely trade destinations for New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley. / Danielle Parhizkaran/ /

Expectations were high when the New York Giants selected running back Saquon Barkley second overall at the 2018 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, injuries (15 games played since 2020) have led Giants fans wanting more from their supposed franchise RB.

However, Barkley's future with the team is now up in the air. General manager Joe Schoen made it clear at this week's NFL Combine that the Giants are open to moving their No. 1 rusher, who has a $7.2 million cap hit in 2022.

Although he has his injury issues, Barkley is only 25 years old and could still have plenty of potential. If another team believes in him enough, a deal could be done by the time the offseason is over.

Here's a look at the three most likely trade destinations for Barkley.

Saquon Barkley Trade Destinations

1. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have one of the most dynamic offenses in the league, averaging 29.8 PPG in 2021 (No. 3). However, one area that Buffalo could improve on is its rushing game. Devin Singletary was decent in the backfield with 870 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 188 carries. Although, the fact that Josh Allen — a quarterback — accounted for 34.5% of Buffalo's rushing yards shows that changes must be made. Meanwhile, playing for a contender like the Bills might be enough to help Barkley turn his career around. He wouldn't even be the top offensive option in town, which could take a lot of pressure off his shoulders. Plus, the Bills can entice the Giants by offering them this year's 25th overall pick, which would give New York three first-round selections.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

Another team that needs to make serious improvements to its backfield is the Kansas City Chiefs. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was injured for a chunk of the year and even though Darrel Williams played all 17 games as his backup, neither running back eclipsed 600 rushing yards this season. That's just inexcusable for a team that's supposed to be a contender. While Kansas City's picks this year are lower than Buffalo's, the Chiefs have four total picks in the first three rounds to offer the Giants. Sometimes quantity is preferred over qualify. Either way, like the Bills, the Chiefs offer Barkley a chance to turn around his career with a contender, while allowing him to play with one of the NFL's top QBs in Patrick Mahomes.

3. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins running back room was a disaster in 2021. With five different players taking hand-offs out of the backfield, the Dolphins averaged just 92.2 rushing yards per game (No. 29) last season. On his healthiest day, Barkley is the explosive RB that Miami desperately needs. The Dolphins already have a solid defense and if Barkley can be brought in to shore up the offense, they could be a threat going forward. Even though Miami doesn't have its own first-round pick this year, they do have the San Francisco 49ers' 29th overall pick. There are also seven picks to work with on Days 2 and 3, so the Dolphins do have resources. The only question is whether or not they have enough to get the Giants to pull the trigger on a deal.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.