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Saquon Barkley To Eagles

Barkley

Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Rosman always finds value players and has never been one to break the bank on running backs. However, that long history of cheap starting running backs lining up in the Eagle’s Backfield ended on Monday. The Birds signed Saquon Barkley to a three-year, $37.75 million deal.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Eagles priced at +1600 to win the Super Bowl, and many expect odds to shift once the deal is finalized this week. Despite Eagles Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce retiring, the team has been actively trying to keep its elite offensive line intact, locking up Landon Dickerson this week. Dickerson will earn $84 million in base salary plus $3 million in incentives. He’ll reportedly get $50 million in guaranteed money plus a $20 million signing bonus. The Eagles also added Matt Hennessy into the mix and I fully expect a draft pick or two spent on adding depth to the Oline.

Fantasy Impact

One of the most successful plays the Eagles ran last year was the “Brotherly Shove.” Quarterback Jalen Hurts not only picked up a number of first downs with this QB sneak formation, but also a high number of his 15 rushing touchdowns came from using this play. The league is rumored to review this formation this offseason and may make pushing a player from behind illegal; however, without Jason Kelce at center and the addition of Saquon Barkley, I’m sure the team has already started to script up new ways to move the ball.

Iron sharpens iron with the addition of Saquon Barkley. With a solid offensive line and a smart, mobile quarterback who likes to run the read option, the Eagles will be a difficult team to stop in the redzone.¬†Despite the loss of Jason Kelce, the line should remain strong, as the Eagles drafted Cam Jurgens in 2022 in anticipation of Kelce’s retirement. There is also an underrated history of the Eagles’ running game in the Nick Sirianni offense that doesn’t get enough attention.

Nick Sirianni & The Run

Eagles Head Coach

  • D’Andre Swift Ranked 5th in Rushing Yards (1049) – 2023
  • Miles Sanders ranked 5th in Rushing Yards (1269) – 2022
  • Eagles Rank 1st in NFL in Rushing Yards (RBBC year) – 2021

Colts OC

  • Jonathan Taylor Ranked 3rd in Rushing Yards (1169) -2020
  • Marlon Mack Ranked 11th in the NFL for Rushing Yards -2019

Bold Prediction

Considering Saquon Barkley’s success over the years despite playing behind a dreadful offensive line and arguably awful playing conditions at MetLife Stadium, I think Bakeley should be a strong candidate to lead the league in rushing in 2024. Finding the endzone may continue to be a struggle with so much talent on the team; however, I wouldn’t hesitate to make Barkley my top choice in 2024 as RB1 in Fantasy.

I understand CMC will most likely be the consensus top fantasy running back, but if you compare 2024 team opponents for the Eagles and 49ers and factor in that Barkely will get two revenge games against the Giants this year, and every year he’s an Eagle, the potential for a huge season seems very likely.

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