Nick Chubb got paid!
Three years $36 Million with $20 Million guaranteed. Now, I could break down the numbers, and lose you in this article but it’s not necessary. Take my word for it, this is a team-friendly deal. The Browns backloaded the contract because we know the salary cap should increase in 2022. This essentially locks up the tandem of Chubb and Hunt for the next two seasons. Depending on health & production…it’s dangerous.
Impact on the Barkley:
I know you guys are asking why are we talking about the Cleveland Browns? This contract will impact Saquon Barkley one way or another. Chubb’s contract gives us an idea of what Barkley will be looking at; however, it’s not, necessarily the bar.
The Numbers Don’t Lie:
We have two Running Backs, with different skill sets and most likely will be paid differently. Barkley is an overall better back than Chubb and his leadership skills are most likely ignored by most fans. Behind a poor offensive line, Saquon Barkley manages to pile up over 2,000 yards from scrimmage winning him “Rookie of the Year” honors. He becomes the face of the franchise and follows that up with another productive year of 1,000 yards rushing and over 400 yards receiving, even after missing three games with a high ankle sprain. In 2020, we know Barkley tore his ACL putting him on injured reserve. Production: 29 games | 3400 all-purpose yards
Saquon is due for an extension and many fans want to know if he deserves one. If he has a productive year with no setbacks, will he get a Nick Chubbs number? In my opinion…no.
Saquon is a more dynamic running back. He can catch the ball out of the backfield while giving you that home run ability, at any giving moment, no matter who’s blocking for him. Barkley’s receiving yards double Chubbs 1219 | 577 even though Chubb has played 13 more games. Imagine if Barkley actually had an offensive line, he might have ripped off over 5000 all-purpose yards over his first three seasons.
Can he block on a consistent basis, because it’s necessary for a throwing league.
But even more importantly…can he stay healthy? Even if he never blocked for another play in a Giants uniform but ripped off 1200 to 1500 yards every year for the next three to four years…sign me up.
He was the first pillar to the culture change Dave Gettlemen was looking for when they drafted him. Saquon shows great leadership, on and off the field. He’s a guy this organization would like to keep around and depend on to carry the mantle of what it means to be a New York Giant.
I see Saquon Barkley in the market for a 3-year | $45 Million with $30 Million guaranteed. A cap-friendly deal that will help the Giants cut bait if need be. Saquon will still be young enough to test the market or resign a final contract with Big Blue.