Saquon Barkley Makes Eagles Top Super Bowl Contenders

The Philadelphia Eagles decided to spend big at the running back spot in free agent, acquiring former New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley.
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The Philadelphia Eagles shocked the entire NFL world on Monday afternoon, signing one of the top free agents to help take their offense to another level. 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Saquon Barkley reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles on a blockbuster three-year, $37.75 million contract. Schefter adds that the contract could be worth up to $46.75 million and includes $26 million fully guaranteed at signing.

This is a massive move for the Philadelphia Eagles franchise, as they rarely spend a considerable amount of money on the running back position. Barkley enters Philadelphia as their lead running back after the team saw D’Andre Swift sign a lucrative three-year, $24 million contract with the Chicago Bears.

With Barkley in the fold for the foreseeable future, the Philadelphia Eagles have their core set in place on offense and are easily a contender for the Super Bowl in 2024.

However, Vegas doesn’t see it that way, as the Eagles are 16/1 (+1600) on FanDuel Sportsbook to win Super Bowl LIX. But do not be surprised to see those odds shorten quickly, along with the Eagles’ odds of winning the NFC East (+125).

Philly ended the 2023 season on a sour note, losing six out of its last seven games, including its road playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the Eagles are turning the page and added a premier running back to its roster, who will make a similar impact to how Christian McCaffrey has with the San Francisco 49ers.

It will be hard to defend this Eagles’ team every week as they have Jalen Hurts, who is a threat in the running game, along with a few talented pass catchers in A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert, who will destroy one-on-one coverage. Now, when you add Barkley’s versatility to Philly’s offense, it makes them one of the most explosive offenses in the league on paper.

Speaking of Barkley, the former Penn State standout saw his production in the rushing department take a dip in his final season with the Giants (962 yards and six touchdowns). However, Barkley still performed in the receiving department, recording 41 receptions (60 targets) for 280 yards and four scores.

Nonetheless, Eagles fans should expect Barkley to supersede those numbers this upcoming season, as he’ll be running behind a star-studded offensive line and working with an innovative offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore.

After dropping the ball last season, the Eagles look poised to return to the Super Bowl with the additions of Barkley and Bryce Huff, who was signed to a three-year, $51.1 million deal.

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