Saquon Barkley signing with Giants

 

Saquon Barkley is a star running back for the New York Giants. He was drafted by the team in 2018 as the second overall pick and has since been one of the most productive and exciting players in the NFL. He has rushed for over 3000 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in his first three seasons, earning two Pro Bowl selections and a Rookie of the Year award.


However, his contract situation with the Giants has been a source of drama and uncertainty this offseason. Barkley missed most of the 2022 season due to a torn ACL, which raised questions about his durability and value. He also entered the final year of his rookie contract, which meant he was eligible for a new deal or a franchise tag from the Giants.


Franchise tag

The Giants placed a franchise tag on Barkley in March, which meant he would receive a one-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $10.1 million for the 2023 season. This was a way for the Giants to keep Barkley on their roster without committing to a long-term deal that could be risky or expensive. The franchise tag also gave them more time to negotiate with Barkley and his agent.


However, Barkley did not sign the tag and expressed his desire for a long-term deal that would reflect his value and potential. He also hinted that he might hold out of training camp or even the regular season if he did not get a new deal before the July 17 deadline. He said he wanted to be paid like one of the best players in the league, not just one of the best running backs.


Contract offer and dispute

According to Pro Football Talk, the Giants offered Barkley a contract worth $13 million annually and included $26 million over the first two years, but they also warned him that they would rescind the offer if they applied the franchise tag. This offer would have made Barkley among the top five highest-paid running backs in the league, but it was still below his expectations and demands.


Barkley reportedly wanted more than $16 million per year, which would have made him one of the highest-paid players in any position in the league. He also disputed the report of the offer on social media, implying that it was not accurate or fair. He said he did not want to play games or be disrespected by the Giants.


Agreement

On July 25, just two days before the start of training camp, Barkley and the Giants agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $11 million, with a $2 million signing bonus. The deal also gives Barkley the opportunity to increase his franchise tag value for 2024, depending on his performance and health. The agreement means that Barkley will report to camp and avoid a holdout, but it also leaves his long-term future with the Giants unresolved.


The deal is a compromise between both parties, as it gives Barkley more money than the franchise tag, but less than his desired contract. It also allows him to prove himself on the field after his injury and potentially earn more money next year. However, it also exposes him to more risk of injury or decline, and it does not guarantee him any security or stability with the Giants beyond 2023.

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