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Saquon Barkley Next Team Odds: Will Giants Trade RB?

Saquon Barkley Next Team Odds: Will Giants Trade RB?
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As a rookie, Saquon Barkley earned comparisons to Barry Sanders. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft rushed for 1,307 yards, had 91 receptions for 721 yards and 15 total TDs.

Since then? Let’s just say those comparison have come and gone.

Injuries have derailed any momentum, including a season-ending knee injury after just two games in 2020. But he played in 13 games last season and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry. That and his 6.4 yards per reception were career lows. He managed four TDs last year, as those who bet on the NFL and player props will remember.

Now he’s being dangled as possible trade bait by the Giants, as the team looks to relieve salary cap issues and use the likely draft and player haul to shore up some of the other glaring needs for a franchise that’s managed one winning season the last nine years.

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his projected NFL odds for Saquon’s 2022 Week 1 team:

Saquon Barkley 2022 Week 1 Team

TeamOdds
New York Giants-200
Miami Dolphins+450
New York Jets+700
Atlanta Falcons+1200
Arizona Cardinals+1500
Houston Texans+2000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+2000
The Field+4500

Odds are projected and are not currently available at legal betting sites or betting apps.

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The Dolphins are in dire need of RB help to take pressure off Tua Tagovailoa. Tua and the Dolphins ranked No. 1 in run-pass option production. Imagine adding Saquon Barkley to the mix instead of Myles Gaskin, who averaged 36 yards per game on 3.5 yards per carry for the 29th-ranked run O. Miami is flush with cap room; adding Saquon might be worth the risk if the price is reasonable.

Would the Giants trade their former No. 2 overall pick down the corridor to the hated Jets and risk watching him find his old form for the green and white? The Jets have been trying everything possible to get a feature back in the fold and nothing has worked, finishing in the bottom seven in total yards each of the last six seasons. They could make the Giants an offer they can’t refuse, and have the cap space to add Barkley and perhaps help NYG unload another hefty contract.

Other teams desperate for a run boost could knock on the door. The Falcons have ranked 27th or worse in rushing for four straight years but have cap issues; the Cardinals are starting from scratch with Chase Edmonds and James Conner unrestricted free agents; and the Texans are sitting with Rex Burkhead as their No. 1 RB going into next season but have many other pressing needs to address.

The Buccaneers, too, need a lead back with Ke’Shawn Vaughn the only RB on the roster.

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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com.