Eagles Secure Former Giants Star Saquon Barkley with a Three-Year Contract

On March 11, 2024, in a significant move within the NFL, Saquon Barkley, the esteemed former running back for the New York Giants, inked a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The deal, valued at $37.75 million, has the potential to escalate to $46.75 million, incorporating $26 million fully guaranteed upon signing. This information was disclosed by sources close to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This contract propels Barkley beyond the franchise tag figure, setting his maximum average annual salary at $15.833 million. This impressive figure positions him as the second-highest-paid running back in the annals of NFL history.

Barkley, a two-time Pro Bowl honoree, showcased his prowess on the field last season with the Giants, amassing 962 rushing yards and securing six touchdowns, despite a setback from a high ankle sprain incurred during a victorious match against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2. This injury led to his absence from three games.

The 27-year-old athlete, who was the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, embarked on the previous season under a revised franchise tag, which earned him $10.1 million after negotiations for a long-term deal did not come to fruition. The Giants decided not to apply the franchise tag again, which was set at $12.1 million, thereby allowing Barkley to explore free agency.

Despite Barkley’s expressed wish to remain a “Giant for life,” he declined an offer from the previous season that would have guaranteed him roughly $23 million, as per a source in conversation with ESPN.

Barkley took to social media to express his gratitude towards the Giants’ fans, signaling his departure and anticipation for the new chapter in his career with the Eagles.

Throughout his tenure with the Giants, Barkley’s initial burst onto the NFL scene was nothing short of spectacular, clinching the Offensive Rookie of the Year award with a career-high of 2,028 total yards. However, his journey has been hindered by injuries, missing a minimum of three games in four out of the last five seasons, including a significant portion of the 2020 season due to a torn ACL.

Over six seasons with the Giants, Barkley has rushed for 5,211 yards and 35 touchdowns, alongside 288 receptions for 2,100 yards and 12 touchdowns, marking a significant contribution to the team’s offense.

This report includes contributions from ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.