Saquon Barkley jumps to Eagles for reported $37.5M deal

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Star running back Saquon Barkley switched NFC East clubs on Monday when he agreed to a deal with the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

The former New York Giants standout reportedly agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million deal that could eventually be worth $46.75 million. There is reportedly $26 million in guaranteed money.

Barkley’s $12.5 million annual average salary is currently fourth-highest among running backs, according to spotrac.

Barkley confirmed the news with two Eagles’ emojis on social media and then thanked New York fans in a follow-up post.

“Thank you to everyone who has shown me love and support over the past 6 years,” said Barkley, “forever grateful! Excited for the next chapter.”

Last week, the Giants declined to put the franchise tag on Barkley, the former No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018 who has rushed for 5,211 yards and 35 touchdowns on 1,201 carries in 74 games (all starts). He also has 288 receptions for 2,100 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection figures to provide a jolt to the Philadelphia rushing attack that lost D’Andre Swift to the Chicago Bears earlier Monday.

Last season, Barkley rushed for 962 yards and six touchdowns. He has three 1,000-yard campaigns in his six seasons. Barkley also caught 41 passes for 280 yards and four scores.