MRI Confirms Giants RB Saquon Barkley Out For Season With Torn ACL

     

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that an MRI on Monday confirmed that Giants RB Saquon Barkley did, in fact, suffer a torn ACL and is now out for the season.

Barkley will undergo surgery on his right knee at some point in the near future.

You can expect the Giants to place him on injured reserve in the coming days and add someone to their roster.

It’s worth mentioning that the Giants are hosting free agent RB Devonta Freeman for a visit, so he could be a potential addition to watch for New York. 

The Giants have Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman on their roster at running back right now. 

Barkley will be an interesting player to watch in the next year or so, considering that he’ll be entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2021. The expectation has been that Barkley will target a similar contract to the $16 million per year the Panthers are paying Christian McCaffrey.

Barkley, 23, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2018. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $31,321,752 rookie contract that included a $20,859,456 signing bonus.

The contract includes a fifth-year option for the Giants to pick up in 2021.

In 2020, Barkley appeared in two games for the Giants and rushed for 34 yards on 19 carries (1.8 YPC) to go along with six receptions for 60 yards receiving and no touchdowns. 

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