Saquon Barkley Shocks NFL World, Signs with Philadelphia Eagles in Stunning Free Agency Move

Saquon Barkley’s dream of remaining a lifelong New York Giant has been dashed.

In a surprising turn of events, Barkley has left for the Philadelphia Eagles, marking a significant shift in his NFL career.

On the inaugural day of free agency, the celebrated running back inked a three-year pact to swap the Giants’ blue for Eagles’ green. The contract, valued at $37.75 million with $26 million guaranteed, was confirmed by The Post.

Barkley expressed his gratitude and excitement for the new journey on social media, thanking his supporters for their unwavering love over the past six years.

This move is bound to stir discontent among Giants fans, especially those who proudly wore Barkley’s No. 26 jersey, as they watch him join a division rival they loathe.

Born in The Bronx but raised in Coplay, Pennsylvania, and a standout at Penn State, Barkley’s transition to the Eagles feels like a homecoming. However, the switch to the Giants’ arch-nemesis adds a layer of intensity to the rivalry.

During his tenure with the Giants, Barkley experienced a challenging rivalry with the Eagles, recording a 3-10 record against them. Now, he has the opportunity to experience the rivalry from the other side.

Barkley’s six-year stint with the Giants, despite being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, ends without fulfilling the high expectations set for him. The decision to draft him was a bold move by the Dave Gettleman-led front office, contrasting with the current management’s stance on running back market value.

Barkley’s role as the franchise’s face, both on and off the field, was undeniable. Despite the lack of a strong offensive line and a potent passing game, Barkley’s leadership and community involvement remained commendable. He was a two-time nominee for the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and his jersey was a common sight among fans.

At 27, Barkley embarks on a new chapter with the Eagles, leaving behind a Giants tenure marked by personal achievements but team struggles. His initial season remains his best, earning him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year title.

Injuries, however, marred his subsequent seasons, including a significant ACL tear in 2020. Despite these setbacks, Barkley showcased his resilience, particularly in the 2022 season under the new leadership of Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll, achieving a career-high 1,317 rushing yards.

The inability to secure a long-term deal led to Barkley playing under the franchise tag in the 2022 season. His performance in 2023, hindered by a high ankle sprain, did not convince the Giants to meet his contract demands.

With Barkley’s departure, the Giants face the challenge of rebuilding their running back roster, with Eric Gray as the only experienced player returning.

As Barkley transitions to the Eagles, both he and the Giants venture into uncertain futures, marking the end of an era and the beginning of new chapters for both parties.