New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley seems to be on track to start another season with the team that drafted him, but that hasn’t slowed anyone down from coming up with some wildly imaginative trade scenarios to stir the pot in the trade conversations. Barkley has been thrown into a trade proposal that likely has no ground to stand one realistically, but it still has some people talking.
Bleacher Report contributor Ian Wharton played fantasy general manager by coming up with one trade each NFL team should offer leading up to the start of training camps. In that list was a proposal for the Kansas City Chiefs to offer up Clyde Edwards-Helaire and a 2023 draft pick in exchange for the former Penn State stud running back. The reason for the trade from Kansas City’s perspective would be to give the Chiefs a solid fix at the running back position, which is one the AFC franchise has worked to improve this offseason to take some of the pressure off franchise quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The mere thought of an offense with Mahomes and Barkley is incredibly enticing, and something that may only be possible in Madden NFL video games, but it is an interesting thought experiment. And with the Giants looking to improve the roster for future stability and Barkley having an injury history while entering his fifth year in the league, it does sound like a move the Giants would be wise to at least entertain for a moment.
The New York Giants have a bad but expensive roster. New head coach Brian Daboll would surely love to deploy a fully healthy Saquon Barkley in 2022, but the franchise has seen limited production and availability from the 2018 No. 2 pick. Trading his $ 7.2 million cap hit and getting a fresh look at Edwards-Helaire is the more prudent decision.
Barkley in Kansas City? That would be interesting to see how head coach Andy Reid makes it work. But until Barkley is actually traded away by the Giants for real, it may be best to just let this one play out in your imagination.
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