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Should the Kansas City Chiefs restart their running back room by dealing with the Giants to form No 2 overall running back Saquon Barkley?
The Chiefs have lost their leading receiver and rusher from 2021, making the upcoming season full of intrigue around Patrick Mahomes and the attack.
Replacing Tyreek Hill has involved bringing in guys like JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling while drafting Skyy Moore.
Darrel Williams’ departure to Arizona is not as massive as Hills. However, the backroom is a big question mark for a team with Super Bowl hopes.
How could Kansas City address that concern? Bleacher Reports Ian Wharton proposes a swap deal for the Giants, who are driving back Saquon Barkley.
Does a Saquon Barkley trade make sense for Chiefs?
This hypothetical trade would cause the Chiefs to send Clyde Edwards-Helaire and a fourth-round pick to the Giants for Barkley.
The argument here is simple: Chiefs are not sold at CEH, so they should go for someone with a higher upside.
That’s fair enough, but it still feels early to give up on Edwards-Helaire, especially since he’s been limited by some injury problems. This third year will be crucial for him and his future with Kansas City. He deserves that chance to prove himself after running 803 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. Remember, he’s only 23.
Meanwhile, Barkley has dealt with serious injury problems and there are still no guarantees that he will return to the player he was in 2018.
Trading for Barkley or keeping CEH is a gamble with uncertain odds in both ways. The latter does not involve the abandonment of assets.
The real problem with a trade is that Chiefs should not be so desperate. They have Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon returning, adding Ronald Jones II to the equation.
Jones rushed 978 yards for the Buccaneers in 2020, contributing to a Super Bowl race. He is also 24 years old with more to give if the fit is right.
The backfield should be productive enough to hold the fort in the worst case.