The Giants just got closer to landing Saquon Barkley
Following the bouncing balls can make one dizzy, but the Giants hope the recent moving and shaking going on in NFL free agency brings them some clarity six weeks before the draft and grants them this knowledge: If they want Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick, he will be there for them.
There is only one team selecting ahead of the Giants, the Browns at No. 1, and what they do could dictate where the Giants go with their pick. The Browns need a quarterback (don’t they always?) and also own the No. 4 pick in the draft. A move they made Wednesday could wipe running back off their list of needs. They secured Carlos Hyde with a three-year contract worth more than $15 million, according to reports, and that sort of money is commensurate with a starting player.
Injuries and subpar play led to his demise with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted him No. 7 overall in 2013. In 2016, Cooper was part of a trade to the New England Patriots that sent pass-rusher Chandler Jones to the Cardinals. Cooper made the Patriots’ 53-man roster but was inactive for four games before he was released. The Cleveland Browns claimed Cooper, and he started three of the five games he played before he was cut by Cleveland.
He signed with the Cowboys during the bye week of the 2016 playoffs and was inactive for one game. He returned to Dallas on a one-year deal and took over a starting role one month into the season.
I came here last year as the offensive coordinator of the Vikings, and I was pounding the tables to make our offense better, he said. Now I’m looking at every phase of it. Who’s going to punt for us? Who’s going to kick for us? Who’s going to play quarterback? OK, that’s great, who’s going to block for him? How are we going to generate a pass rush? Who’s going to cover?
Selected by San Francisco in the first round of the 2013 draft, Reid immediately starred, going to the Pro Bowl his rookie season. Before the start of the regular season in 2016, both Reid and then-starting quarterback Kaepernick began to sit on the bench during the rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. In an op-ed for the New York Times last fall, Reid said the backlash only started following the third preseason game in August 2016.