Saquon Barkley is at risk of lacking the Giants’ season opener in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, except he and New York’s entrance workplace can strike a multi-year deal earlier than Monday’s 4pm deadline, based on an ESPN report.
Formally, there may be nothing stopping Barkley from taking part in Week 1. The Giants positioned the franchise tag on the star operating again in March, giving the 2 sides 4 months to strike a long-term deal, with out which, Barkley can nonetheless play the 2023 season for $10.1 million.
However Barkley has expressed his displeasure with the one-year franchise tag, and stated final month that if he can’t get a long-term contract in place by July 17, he would think about skipping the season.
Now, one supply has informed ESPN that Barkley’s Week 1 standing is in jeopardy except an extended deal might be reached, including to the 2 sides are at a stalemate.
A staff spokesperson and Barkley’s brokers didn’t instantly reply to DailyMail.com’s request for remark.
Barkley will not be within the lineup for the Giants in Week 1 except he will get a long-term deal
Given his age, 26, historical past of knee and ankle issues, and the comparatively quick profession span of operating backs (2.57 years, based on one 2022 examine), the Giants might select to tag him in 2023 and 2024 at a value of $22 million, assured, whereas permitting him to stroll as he approaches 30.
‘If the belief is that solely his first two years are assured for simply $22 million, there is no deal to be made then,’ CBS Sports activities’ Joel Corry, a former participant agent, informed The New York Publish in Might.
Something lower than $22 million in ensures merely is not price signing for Barkley, however based on the Publish’s Ryan Dunleavy, it is particularly the problem of assured cash that is holding up an settlement with the Giants.
Technically Barkley hasn’t signed the franchise tender but, however that does not imply he will not.
Additional negotiations aren’t permitted after July 17, which means he can solely play for the Giants at $10 million for the 2023 season or select to take a seat at that time.
However sitting may not be the worst choice for Barkley, who might protect his well being whereas avoiding expensive fines for skipping low season minicamp and coaching camp.
The Giants re-signed quarterback Daniel Jones to a $160million, four-year contract
All-Professional left sort out Andrew Thomas will probably be searching for a large new contract within the close to future
The Giants have good purpose to need Barkley again in coaching camp. After re-signing quarterback Daniel Jones to a four-year, $160 million deal, New York desperately wants a dependable operating again to stop defenses from specializing in the passing recreation.
However with All-Professional left sort out Andrew Thomas nearing the tip of his rookie contract, the Giants will seemingly be on the hook for one more huge contract.
Which means they are going to be restricted within the quantity of assured cash they’ll provide Barkley, who could also be taking a look at consecutive years on the franchise tag earlier than heading out into the free-agent wilderness as a 28-year-old operating again approaching 1,500 profession carries.
Different gamers have opted to take a seat out for a season after being tagged, together with former NFL operating again Le’Veon Bell, who sat out the 2018 season with Pittsburgh, however didn’t regain his type after signing with the Jets the next season.
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