John Mara Confronts Saquon Barkley Trade Rumors

Devon Platana
New York Giants CEO and co-owner John Mara has confronted the Saquon Barkley trade rumors.
New York Giants CEO and co-owner John Mara has confronted the Saquon Barkley trade rumors. / Danielle Parhizkaran/ /

New York Giants CEO and co-owner John Mara didn't hold back at the start of the NFL offseason when he claimed that the organization had hit "rock bottom." Such a statement made people wonder if the Giants were going to start from scratch, especially with a new head coach and general manager in town.

One rumor that began to swirl was about the Giants potentially trading running back Saquon Barkley after the 25-year-old missed 18 games over the last two seasons due to injury. While trade rumors can be exciting, Mara has since made it clear that Barkley's home is in New York for the time being.

Saquon Barkley Trade Rumors

Mara told reporters at the NFL's Annual Meeting that the Giants are "not shopping" Barkley. Although general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll are in charge of roster moves, Barkley appears to be safe for the timing.

"[Barkley's] been a great representative for us. I still think he's a really good player. He could potentially have a very big year this year."

John Mara

Barkley burst onto the scene with his 2018 Offensive Rookie Player of the Year campaign, recording 2,028 total yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns on 352 touches. Unfortunately, a slew of lower-body injuries since then have prevented him from reaching similar heights.

For comparison, Barkley has seen 482 touches in his 28 games played since his rookie season, recording 2,252 total yards from scrimmage and 12 TDs in that span. In other words, you can't fault anyone for being hesitant about him ever returning to form.

Nevertheless, the 2022 NFL season is the final one remaining on Barkley's contract. If he wants to remain with the Giants going forward, a return to form would be the best way of accomplishing that goal.

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