The New York Giants haven’t gotten off to the start of the season they hoped for.
Daniel Jones has regressed vastly since that career-best year, their defense has struggled mightily early in the year, and their offensive line has often failed to win the battle at the line of scrimmage.
That, plus his injuries and their offseason stand-off, made most analysts and fans believe that it was just a matter of time before they parted ways with star RB Saquon Barkley.
Nonetheless, Ari Meirov recently reported that HC Brian Daboll has made it loud and clear that the team won’t trade Barkley before next week’s trade deadline.
#Giants HC Brian Daboll told reporters he directly informed RB Saquon Barkley that they are not trading him before next week's deadline.
"That's not happening." pic.twitter.com/ctmWatddg1
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 25, 2023
Truth be told, this decision is hard to understand.
The Giants refused to pay Barkley in the offseason or even give him a long-term deal out of concern about his never-ending injuries.
He missed some time this season with injuries, and their chances of making the playoffs are as slim as their chances of retaining him as a free agent.
Barkley is obviously one of the best running backs in the league when healthy, and he’s undeniably the best player on their team, but he was far from happy with the way they dealt with his contract situation, and he shouldn’t hesitate to leave as soon as he has an opportunity to do so.
The Giants have looked much better with Tyrod Taylor taking over for the injured Daniel Jones.
But they still sit on a 2-5 record with a Sunday date with the New York Jets, so they might want to reconsider their stance.NEXT: Insider Reveals Giants' Plans Once Daniel Jones Is Healthy