Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension before Monday’s deadline for franchised players, leaving the star with the option to play for the salary required by the franchise. $10.1 million tag or maybe take the season off. .
The Giants gave the 26-year-old Barkley the franchise tag in March, giving the two parties four months to come to an agreement on a new deal before the July 17 4 p.m. deadline. The talks went to the end and no agreement was reached. reached.
The Giants had no immediate comment after the deadline.
“It is what it is,” Barkley tweeted.
Barkley wasn’t happy about being tagged, especially after rushing for a career-high 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns and sharing the team lead with 57 receptions last season in what was his second Pro Bowl season. It was one of the main reasons New York made the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The $10.1 million salary will leave Barkley among the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, but the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year felt it was disrespectful after being one of the franchise’s leading faces for the past five years. .
San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey ($16 million), New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara $15 million, Tennessee’s Derrick Henry ($12.5 million) and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb ($12.2 million) are the top four earning running backs among running backs. the NFL in average annual salary. Dalvin Cook, who was going to make $12.6 million with the Vikings, was cut in a salary-cap move and Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon recently took a cut to stay in Cincinnati.
Giants players report to training camp on July 25 and there’s a chance Barkley, who hasn’t signed the Giants’ offer after being franchised, could sit out a significant portion of camp.
Barkley had added agent Ed Berry of Creative Artists Agency to help Roc Nation’s Kim Miale reach a deal last month, but the two sides never did.
The Giants and general manager Joe Schoen seemed content with the tag, possibly due to Barkley’s injury history and devaluation of the running back position in recent years.
Last season, the Giants had offered Barkley a deal that would have paid $12 million to $14 million annually, but they withdrew after the season ended to work on new contracts for quarterback Daniel Jones and defensive tackle Dexter. Lawrence and to help with transfers. in free agency.
Barkley’s injury history is a concern. He was spectacular as a freshman for Penn State, rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 91 passes for 721 yards and four more TDs. An ankle injury caused him to miss three games in 2019, but he still rushed for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 438 yards and two TDs.
An ACL injury against Chicago in the second game of the 2020 season ended that season, and he wasn’t the same player who came out of the injury in 2021, rushing for 593 yards.
He was the old Barkley again under Brian Daboll last season as the Giants posted a 9-7-1 record and beat Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs. New York was defeated by the eventual NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles in the second round.
Six teams franchised players this year and the Giants put a non-exclusive tag on Barkley, meaning he was free to deal with other franchises, but New York could match any offer or receive first-round picks as compensation.
The three brokers who were not brokers received long-term agreements. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson got a five-year, $260 million contract. Washington defensive lineman Daron Payne was given $90 million over four years and Jacksonville tight end and former Giant Evan Engram was given $41.25 million on a three-year deal.
Barkley and fellow running back Josh Jacobs of Las Vegas and Tony Pollard of Dallas did not reach deals. Pollard signed the public offer of him unlike Barkley and Jacobs.
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