Former New York Giants Star Dumps Jones & Barkley
Long before his New York City radio career, Tiki Barber was rushing for touchdowns, while starring in the New York Giants backfield. Barber played 10 years for Big Blue. The second round draft pick out of Virginia rushed for well over 10,000 yards in the late '90's and early 2000's. Now he hosts the "Tiki & Tierney" show on WFAN out of New York City and has strong opinions about his old team and their current players.
On his radio show Wednesday, Barber advocated for the Giants to move on from Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkely, now. According to Ryan Glasspiegel of nypost.com, Barber talked specifically about each player. “The reason I think they should try to trade Saquon is because if you’re going to zero to get your cap in order, just do it. Don’t try to mitigate the pain by keeping a popular player here. If you’re resetting, it’s a new regime, new philosophy…go all in. if you’re doing this and it’s gonna be painful, you’ve got to just go all in."
Trading Barkley makes a lot of sense for general manager Joe Schoen right now. In addition, you could possibly get an additional third or fourth round draft pick for Saquon. That draft pick has a better chance of playing the entire season than #26 does, unfortunately.
Glasspiegel said that Barber took aim at Daniel Jones, as well. “If [Jones is] not gonna be a top-10 quarterback, then why are you worried about figuring him out and trying to get a little bit above average quarterback? He’s never gonna be a top 10, maybe he’s 15. Do you trust him to be like Eli [Manning] was? You trusted Eli because even if he was average, because if you got in a critical situation, he was showing up. You could count on that from Eli. Can you count on that from Daniel Jones?” Barber's opinions are going to carry weight with Giants fans.
“I don’t want to get caught with the same season of ‘Daniel Jones looks pretty good … he just needs something to take him over the top. Then you’re stuck without an answer … I think this is a reset season for the Giants…if you’re gonna strip it down, take the pain right now."
Barber's words may come to fruition and I don't disagree with any of it. However, Schoen and Daboll know what they have in Jones and if they thought that Mayfield or anyone else was better right now, even Mitch Trubisky, they would have made a move already. Have patience Giants fans. Moving on for the sake of moving on isn't practical nor is it smart. Big Blue is showing that smart decisions will be the only decisions.