Giants GM Joe Schoen Says He’s Open To Trading RB Saquon Barkley

A lot of changes are coming to the New York Giants and one of those changes could include trading the face of the franchise.

The team’s new general manger Joe Schoen met with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine and was asked about the potential of trading the team’s talented running back and said he is ‘willing to entertain phone calls’, calling Barkley, ‘not untouchable’ when it comes to trade discussions.

The Giants have a new regime in place with Joe Schoen as general manager and Brian Daboll as head coach. They are likely going to have to part ways with a lot of players as the team is dealing with some serious cap issues. The Giants are currently estimated at more than $12 million over the cap, according to Over The Cap.

Trading Barkley would free up $7.217 million in cap space as he is set to play on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract in 2022.

Barkley was the Giants’ second overall-pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He had 2,028 total yards from scrimmage as a rookie but since then has only tallied 2,391 yards in three seasons combined in large part because of injuries. He dealt with a right ankle injury in 2019, a torn ACL in 2020 and a problem with his left ankle this past season. It has greatly affected his production and value.