Seattle Seahawks: Stealing one player from every NFC East foe

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New York Giants: RB Saquon Barkley

I’m starting to remember why the New York Giants were so bad this past season.

Yes, they’re a rebuilding franchise at this moment, but they lack any true star power. My plan with this steal was to make some improvements on Seattle’s defense, but there just weren’t any tempting options available. So instead of reaching for someone, I took the only truly elite talent on New York’s roster.

And boy, what an additional Saquon Barkley would be for the Seahawks.

Yes, I know they’re already loaded at running back. Chris Carson is one of the best (and most often overlooked) runners in the NFL, but he’s had a hard time staying healthy since joining the team in 2017. Rashaad Penny also boasts plenty of potential, but similarly seems to be regularly bitten by the injury bug. Carlos Hyde was signed as an insurance policy, and the rest of the depth chart is unproven.

Could you imagine injecting a talent like Barkley into the mix? Not only would he bring endless possibilities to the Seattle ground game, but he’d be a welcomed addition for Wilson as well. He’d take pressure off the dynamic quarterback to create chunk plays in the crunch, and he’d provide a reliable target out of the backfield — he’s caught 143 passes for 1,159 yards and six touchdowns in his first two seasons.

Barkley has carried the Giants’ offense since they made him the No. 2 overall pick in 2018. He wouldn’t have to do that in Seattle, but he would certainly give Wilson a dangerous weapon to work with. The combo of him and Carson would make opposing defensive coordinators cringe.