The Giants and running back Saquon Barkley have fewer than five days left to iron out a long-term deal. While it’s unclear whether they’ll get one finalized by Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET, an effort was reportedly made.
A report stated the Giants extended an offer to Barkley worth $13 million per year, including $26 million over the first two years. The offer was made before the deadline for applying the franchise tag.
The report went on to state that Barkley was looking for Christian McCaffrey’s money, which is roughly $16 million per year.
Saquon saw the report and posted two cap emojis, which means the report is a lie.
“Cap. Lie. That is what Saquon’s saying here,” said ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan. “Barkley’s continually taken exception to the idea he’s being greedy + turned down all this $$$. Most certainly wasn’t offered $26M guaranteed. Also, he never thought $16M per was realistic.”
There are a lot of rumors swirling around Barkley, so it’s unclear what he’s calling out. Maybe he’s saying everything is false.
It was also reported that Barkley’s status for Week 1 is “in jeopardy” if he and the Giants don’t agree to an extension by Monday. That is when his $10.1 million franchise tag will be locked in for the 2023 season.
The Giants had wanted to sign Barkley to a multi-year deal and to apply the franchise tag to quarterback Daniel Jones, but they chose to invest in their QB instead and now the running back is unhappy with his deal.
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