In the offseason of Hard Knocks, the first episode deals with the Giants' attempts to sign Brian Burns and the separation from Saquon Barkley

“Hard Knocks” is back in New York.

The classic HBO documentary series kicked off its new offseason version Tuesday night, following the Giants ahead of the traditional version of the show in the fall. This series will feature No. 1 pick Caleb Williams and the Chicago Bears.

Not much came out of the opening episode, but Giants fans got an inside look at how the team began negotiations for pass rusher Brian Burns and how it began talks about parting ways with longtime running back Saquon Barkley.

The Giants signed Burns last season as part of a deal with the Carolina Panthers – something that apparently began back in February at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

General Manager Joe Schoen, the main character in the episode, initially asked his colleagues if anyone would be interested in trading for the Giants' 6th overall pick, half joking. Eventually, Panthers General Manager Dan Morgan came forward with an offer for Burns.

“Ohhh!” Schoen replied.

Although it took some time, the Panthers eventually sent Burns to the Giants in exchange for a second- and fifth-round draft pick. Burns then signed a five-year, $150 million contract with the Giants, where he will now have a major impact at a position where the franchise clearly needed help. That was one of Schoen's big needs right at the start of Tuesday night's first episode.

Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask.

Although they didn't go into detail Tuesday night – we got a glimpse into Schoen's offseason preparations following the team's 6-11 finish last year and quarterback Daniel Jones' recovery from his ACL injury – there were plenty of clues about the team's decision to part ways with star running back Saquon Barkley.

After failing to get a long-term contract extension from the Giants, Barkley signed a three-year, $37.75 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason. Barkley played under the franchise tag last season, but the two sides were unable to agree on a deal that would keep him in New York long-term. Barkley had 962 rushing yards and six touchdowns last season, his sixth in the league.

The episode ended with the front office discussing what direction the Giants' offense should take. Schoen seemed intent on protecting Jones above all else and waiting for a cheaper running back. How they plan to end the Barkley era in New York, however, left the group at a stalemate.

Although we know the team ultimately signed Devin Singletary for three years and $16.5 million, the rest of this summer's Hard Knocks season will surely be about Barkley's departure from the franchise.