The Kansas City Chiefs’ seem to lack a true number one running back on their roster. The reigning AFC champions signed former Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones II this offseason. This move figures to bring in some competition behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire . They also re-signed Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore. While that running back room will make for some healthy competition, is still seems to lack a serious number one running back.
That’s why one NFL analyst is calling for Kansas City to package Edwards-Helaire in a trade that would give the Chiefs a former second overall pick in their backfield.
Saquon Barkley to Kansas City?
Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report named one trade each NFL team should offer before 2022 training camp starts. One of those trade had the Chiefs sending Edwards-Helaire and a 2023 fourth-round pick to the New York Giants in exchange for running back Saquon Barkley.
“Barkley, despite lacking the explosiveness he had before tearing his ACL in 2020, still has plenty of fans around the league thanks to his potential as a dual-threat back,” Wharton wrote on June 17. “His fifth-year option would allow Kansas City to take a one-year flier on him regaining his form. Barkley, unlike Edwards-Helaire, would clearly be the most talented back in a crowded room.”Ian Wharton
Saquon Barkley is 25 and entering his fifth year in the NFL. He was selected second overall to the Giants in the 2018 draft. As a rookie, Barkley has a historic season. He won Offensive Rookie of the Year after accumulating 2028 yards from scrimmage on 352 touches. He also scored 15 total touchdowns, according to Pro Football Reference.
Although he did eclipse 1,000 rushing yards during his second season in the league, injuries began to stunt Barkley’s performance during the 2019 season. Over the past three seasons, he’s missed a total of 21 regular-season games.
This type of trade would be a huge for an offense that lost Tyreek Hill this past off-season. A solidified rushing attack would take a tremendous amount of pressure off the passing attack. Patrick Mahomes with a running back like Saquon Barkley simply wouldn’t be fair for the rest of the league.