Saquon Barkley is back in the fold with the Giants. In a surprise move this week, Barkley and the Giants agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Although the guaranteed pay on Barkley’s deal is the same as the $10.1 million he would have made by signing the tender, the Giants agreed to add $900,000 in incentives so that Barkley can earn up to $11 million, and pay $2 million upfront now.
His signing means he could be in camp with his teammates and fans were excited to see him there.
One fan at Giants training camp on Thursday had a genius way to get his attention when he held up a sign about his ex-girlfriend.
“Saquon, my ex will take me back if you sign this,” said the fan’s sign.
The Giants running back would indeed sign it.
Saquon may be happy now, but the Giants can either franchise tag Barkley again next offseason, sign him to a long-term contract, or let him test free agency. We could be right back at square one just one year from now.
The 26-year old running back is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he gained 1,650 yards from scrimmage on 352 touches with 10 total touchdowns. His 1,312 rushing yards marked a career-high, and his 57 receptions were tied for the lead among all Giants players.
The Giants made him the centerpiece of their offense under new coach Brian Daboll and the team went 9-7-1, making a surprise trip to the postseason as an NFC wild-card team. Daboll won the AP Coach of the Year award.
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