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Saquon Barkley Trade Rumors: 'Sense Is' RB Won't Be with Giants for 2022 Season

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMarch 13, 2022

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The New York Giants and running back Saquon Barkley seem headed for a possible divorce. 

ESPN's Dan Graziano reported Sunday he's "getting the sense that Barkley won't be on the Giants in 2022. The team is open to trading him, as GM Joe Schoen indicated at the combine. And while his $7.2 million salary isn't the top target in New York's cap-saving efforts, it would help."

Graziano added that the Giants are reportedly hoping "a contending team with a need for one more explosive player on offense (Buffalo or Arizona?) might offer a mid-round pick for Barkley."

There have been conflicting reports regarding Barkley's future in New York City, however. 

On March 4, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the veteran running back "is not expected to be traded."

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From NFL Now: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Giants</a> are open to considering all trades, though a deal for RB Saquon Barkley appears unlikely. <a href="https://t.co/RlkRo4R4Gy">pic.twitter.com/RlkRo4R4Gy</a>

A day later, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post wrote that Barkley's "strong preference" is to remain with the Giants and a "handful of agents, coaches, scouts and executives surveyed in Indianapolis agreed the Giants would need to be blown away to trade away Barkley, who is still the face of the franchise."

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

Spoke with two teams, both of whom told me the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Giants</a>’ potential asking price for Saquon Barkley was very significant. One assistant GM also said: “I don’t get the sense they actually want to trade him. To me, this is just postering, but Joe [Schoen] would want a 1.”

But it was Giants general manager Joe Schoen who hinted at the possibility of a trade when asked if the team would entertain offers for the running back on March 1. 

"We're still working through that, but I'm open to everything," he told reporters. "Like whether it's trading player for player; I'll listen to anybody. If it's trading a couple players—I'm not going to say the entire roster, [that] we're open for business on the entire roster. But if anyone is going to call and they're interested in any of our players. I'm certainly going to listen."

Barkley, 25, took the NFL by storm in his rookie season, accumulating 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 total touchdowns. But injuries have largely kept him from replicating that level of success in the past three seasons, and with Barkley entering the final year of his contract, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Giants fielded calls.

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