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Saquon Barkley to Philly: A Giant Move In The NFC East


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Former New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley will get to perform his magic in MetLife stadium but now only once a year. The Philadelphia Eagles and Barkley agreed to terms on a three-year $37.75 million contract with $26 million guaranteed as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Last season Barkley rushed for 962 yards and 6 touchdowns in a forgettable Giants season and elected to test the free-agent waters once a deal could not be reached with the organization.




Saquon Barkley’s Immediate Offensive Impact 

Although the Eagles are replacing an all-time center in Jason Kelce on the front line after his retirement, they still provide Barkley with a much more experienced offensive line and teamed with quarterback Jalen Hurts in the backfield Barkley could find this year being another Pro Bowl year to add to his previous two.


Barkley also adds another asset to the passing game. Last season he recorded 91 receptions for 721 yards and 4 touchdowns. With threats like receivers A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith on the outside, Barkley will find favorable route matchups with many inside linebackers.


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BARKLEY's OVERALL TRADE IMPACT

While 11-6 is a good season, there was an overall feeling that last season’s Eagles were underwhelming. Dropping five of the team’s last six games, including a loss to the Giants, and failing to produce 50 rushing yards in a playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barkley’s signing should surely up some offensive woes the Eagles faced during the second half of the season. The City of Brotherly Love can rest assured that in 2024 the Eagles will fly, it just might be a little bit more on the ground. After all, we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run, but once we establish the run ... we soar.




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