You don't need me to tell you how important this offseason is for the New York Giants. It's a make-and-break time for Brian Daboll. Daniel Jones' future is up in the air. The course will be set to either bounce back and return to the postseason or to continue a losing skid.
That means every personnel decision this offseason is going to be crucial. The Giants are going to need to shed some dead weight, and there are also some players they may want back who they won't be able to convince to stay.
Here's a look at 12 Giants who won't be returning in 2024.
1. Saquon Barkley
This one stings, but it's almost obvious at this point.
The Giants aren't going to pay Saquon Barkley what he wants, and that's probably for the best. Reports are also swirling that the Giants won't franchise tag Saquon a second time. And again, that's probably the right choice. But it's still going to be sad to see Barkley go.
While he's managed to stay relatively healthy over the last couple seasons, we've still only seen Saquon eclipse 1,500 yards from scrimmage once since his 2018 rookie campaign. Last year's 962 rushing and 280 receiving yards across 14 games are just not the production you need from someone to justify calling them a franchise running back.
Top-tier running backs generally have two options in free agency: take a discount to play with a contender (who wouldn't be willing to give a huge contract to a running back) or get paid like a top back on a lesser team. Barkley doesn't likely view the Giants as a contender, and they're also not going to give him that top contract.