3 Most Likely Saquon Barkley Replacements if the Giants Let Him Walk in Free Agency

If the Giants don't give Saquon Barkley an extension in free agency, here are three running back replacements they should look out for.

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26)
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire

The former first-round pick has fallen out of favor in Kansas City over the last two seasons as Isaih Pacheco has taken over the lead running back.

Edwards-Helaire only has 411 yards from scrimmage and two total touchdowns this season, but we know he can be a starting-caliber running back in the league. The former LSU standout burst onto the scene as a rookie, where he was a playmaker on the ground and in the Chiefs’ passing game.

The 5-foot-7 running back had 803 rushing yards (career-high), four touchdowns, 36 receptions (54 targets) for 297 yards, and a touchdown. 

If CEH were to sign with New York, he would get the necessary carries and likely be in a running back by committee as the team would draft a running back. 

Spotrac projects Edwards-Helaire to get a one-year, $1.6 million deal, which looks like a prove-it deal. At that projection, I’d expect New York to spend a significant amount of their salary cap on a top-tier wide receiver to help out starting quarterback Daniel Jones.