Since he entered the league in 2018, Saquon Barkley has been one of the best running backs in the NFL.
After winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2018, Barkley has continued his dominance when he’s been on the field.
While retaining a player of his caliber seems like a no-brainer for the New York Giants, there seems to be something holding them back.
Barkley is currently franchise-tagged, and not signed to a long-term deal.
As this article and tweet below from the New York Post indicates, “Guaranteed money remains likely sticking point between Giants, Saquon Barkley.”
— New York Post (@nypost) May 29, 2023
This article also reminds fans that there is a July 17 deadline for the Giants to agree with Barkley.
If he has not signed an extension at this point, he either has to play on the franchise tag, or take the Le’Veon Bell approach and sit out for a season.
Regardless of Barkley’s current feelings on this situation, this predicament remains unsolved.
The Giants are likely interested in keeping Barkley around, given both team and individual success.
However, the team may not want to pay a hefty sum for an aging running back, which seems to be a growing trend in the NFL.
After winning a playoff game last season, the Giants have high hopes for the 2023 season and beyond.
Whether Barkley will be a part of their plans remains to be seen.
The clock is certainly ticking for this situation, as the July deadline is rapidly approaching.
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