The New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen hasn’t made any calls to any other teams in regards to star running back Saquan Barkley, reported ESPN . Schoen’s words may have been scrutinized at the combine that alarmed many fans around the league. The words hinted toward an open mind or willingness to openly trade Barkley. However, Schoen meant if teams came looking he would entertain the idea, however, he’d never initiate the trade discussions. The Giants were attempting to move close to $40 million in cap space in order to free up future options down the road.
“That was taken a little bit out of context at the combine. I haven’t called one team on Saquon Barkley,” Schoen said Monday about the idea the Giants were shopping the running back. “Everybody ran with that from the combine. I said I would listen if people called on any players. It would be irresponsible if I didn’t. That doesn’t mean I’m going to do every deal. So I haven’t called one team on Saquon Barkley.
“I’ve got calls about a few of our players. He’s one where a couple of teams have reached out. But I’m not shopping Saquon Barkley.”
New York Giants’ relationship with Barkley
Barkley was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Penn State University product won Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for over 2,000 yards in his debut season. However, due to injuries, he’s never been able to play long enough to replicate his rookie season. He’s dealt with high ankle sprains in 2019 and 2020. Not to mention, he’s torn his ACL within this past season, as well. In the three years combined, he’s rushed for 2,391 yards since his breakout rookie season, reported ESPN.
t seems the Giants will hang on to Barkley for the foreseeable future. They believe he can still produce at a high level. However, there have been stranger things to happen in the NFL. IN so many words, one shouldn’t be surprised if Barkley is traded for the right assets in return. Barkley is guaranteed $7.2 million this season on the fifth-year option, per ESPN.
“I’m not going to say that [about Bradberry]. I’m not going to say that about anybody,” Schoen said. “People have called about certain players. People have value. … [Bradberry is] still a high-caliber starting corner.”