According to NFL.com Insider Ian Rappaport New York Giants and former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley likely will not be traded this offseason.
It has been reported that the new Giants general manager Joe Schoen is trying to clear out salary because they plan on clearing $40 million in cap space because they are $24 million over the effective cap space and $12 million over the cap according to Overthecap.com.
The problem for the Giants’ trading Barkley is that his value has diminished significantly since winning the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year due to injuries. Barkley gained over 2,038 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns. He missed three games in due to a high ankle sprain but sill gained 1,003 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground.
Barkley tore his ACL in Week 2 in the 2020 season and rushed for 34 yards on the season. Last season he missed four games due to ankle injury and was placed in COVID protocol and only rushed for the 534 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 3.7 yard per rush.
According to an unnamed general manager the Giants would be lucky to net a fourth-round pick for Barkley. Sources think that higher priced veterans such as cornerback James Bradberry is more likely to be traded by the Giants. Bradberry has a cap hip of over $21 million in 2022 while Barkley is only having a cap hit of $7.2 million.
With his trade value down and manageable salary for 2022 the Giants are hoping that improving their offensive line and Barkley being one year further removed from his ACL tear will hope to get their offense on track.