Saquon Barkley playing against the Eagles. Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) scores a rushing touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles safety Reed Blankenship (32) and linebacker Zach Cunningham (52) pursue during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent running back Saquon Barkley has been the engine that has made the New York Giants offense run over the entirety of his six-year career with the organization. And unfortunately for Giants fans, they will now have to deal with him two times a season for the foreseeable future after he decided to join one of their NFC East rivals.

The Chicago Bears signed former Philadelphia Eagles running back D’Andre Swift to a three-year, $24 million deal on Monday.

This then opened the door for the Eagles to make a move on Barkley, signing him to a three-year, $37.75 million deal. $26 million of the deal will be fully guaranteed and the full deal could be worth as much as $46.75 million with added incentives.

Naturally, many around the NFL world had plenty to say about the move, with Eagles fans elated about Barkley’s decision while Giants fans were completely devastated.


For the Eagles, this move represents a pretty significant upgrade at the position on paper with Barkley, pairing an elite mobile quarterback threat in Jalen Hurts alongside an elite running back.

We have seen how well a move for an elite running back worked for the San Francisco 49ers when they added Christian McCaffrey two seasons ago. Now, the Eagles have a top RB of their own to help build a dominant ground game.

Meanwhile, this is obviously a worst-case scenario for the Giants to have their best player on offense instead join a divisional rival who has consistently given them problems over the last decade.

Coming into this past season, it looked like the Giants were an impressive up-and-coming team, surprising everyone with a postseason appearance in the 2022-23 season. Times have certainly changed, and it now appears that this Giants team could be headed to a full-on rebuild moving forward.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.