Kirk Cousins to Atlanta, Saquon Barkley to Philadelphia among NFL's blockbuster trades

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Kirk Cousins and Saquon Barkley, 2 of pro football's champion known players astatine their positions, flew nan coop connected Monday for nan Atlanta Falcons and nan Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, jolting nan usually staid NFL offseason.

Cousins, the fifth-leading passer of each progressive quarterbacks, has near nan Minnesota Vikings and agreed to a four-year woody pinch nan Falcons, his supplier Mike McCartney said.

Cousins, 35, had spent six seasons successful Minnesota, pursuing six campaigns pinch nan franchise now known arsenic nan Washington Commanders.

The NFL's 2024 schedule has not been announced, but each squad knows who they'll beryllium playing this fall. The Falcons, by coincidence, are group to sojourn nan Vikings this season.

Barkley, a three-time, 1,000-yard rusher pinch nan New York Giants, wrote connected X: "Thank you to everyone who has shown maine emotion and support complete nan past 6 years… everlastingly grateful! Excited for nan adjacent chapter."

His adjacent station was simply of 2 eagles heads.

Philadelphia Eagles v New York GiantsSaquon Barkley #26 of nan New York Giants astatine MetLife Stadium connected Jan. 7 successful East Rutherford, N.J.Cooper Neill / Getty Images file

The 27-year-old Barkley was nan No. 2 wide prime of nan 2018 NFL Draft retired of Penn State.

He rushed for a single-season, profession precocious of 1,312 yards connected 4.4 yards per transportation successful 2022, helping Big Blue to a 9-7-1 people and an unexpected playoff appearance.

Barkley and New York some slumped this past play arsenic he ran for 962 yards and a 3.9 mean while nan Giants fell to 6-11. But he was still a valuable prize connected nan free supplier market, peculiarly down nan roadworthy successful Philadelphia which quickly filled a need.

Barkley's announcement came hours aft nan Eagles mislaid their apical rusher arsenic Philadelphia autochthonal D’Andre Swift bolted for nan Chicago Bears.

As rivals successful nan NFC East, nan Eagles and Giants will meet doubly this upcoming season.

It's been conscionable 4 weeks since the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 25-22, successful Las Vegas to seizure their 2nd consecutive Super Bowl title and 3rd title successful 5 years.

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David K. Li

David K. Li is simply a elder breaking news newsman for NBC News Digital.