Saquan Barkley makes sense for the Bears

It’s up in the air whether the Giants will bring back Saquan Barkley. They can franchise tag him or try to agree on an extension. It was reported that Barkley denied a $12 million per year deal from the team, and he's looking for around $16 million.

The Giants also have to worry about paying quarterback Daniel Jones, as he’s expected to be a free agent. There's a decent chance Barkley could be hitting the open market.

Barkley put up 1,000-plus yard seasons in three out of his five seasons with the Giants. The reason he didn’t eclipse that mark in 2020 was due to an ACL injury.

The Bears running back room has some uncertainty. David Montgomery is expected to hit the open market. Ryan Poles did say he wants him back, but maybe he will be intrigued by a potential upgrade.

The Bears are projected to have the most cap space in the NFL. Why not try to get one of the most talented running backs in the league?

Barkley is electric when he has the ball in his hands. He can change the course of the game with one play. The Bears can give him the $16 million per year he is looking for, and still have the most salary cap in the league.

The Bears can pair him with another game-changing runner they have in Justin Fields. While Fields did have a 1,000-plus yard season in 2022, he did say it's not sustainable. General Manager Ryan Poles said he wants to see him improve as a passer.

Fields has it in him. We’ve seen the glimpses. Year three could be the season he takes a leap as a passer.

If that’s the case, imagine being an NFL defense trying to contain both Justin Fields and Saquan Barkley in the run game, and also make sure you don't get beat with his arm. That will keep NFL defensive coordinators up at night. Not to mention the Bears could grab another receiver that can make an impact.

You can find value at the running back position anywhere. More and More teams are getting serviceable backs in the 6th and 7th rounds.

But the key word there is serviceable. Saquan Barkley is just different. He’s someone you can rely on when you need a big play.

Ryan Poles should be in on Saquan Barkley.

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