Players who were assigned the franchise tag had a 4:00 p.m. EST deadline with their respective teams to reach an agreement on a new deal. But judging by Barkley’s five-word tweet here, he and the Giants were unable to do so.
Barkley isn’t the only star running back who will play 2023 under the franchise tag. Tony Pollard of the Dallas Cowboys and Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders also were unable to come up with new deals with their clubs.
Barkley missed all but two games in 2020 with a torn ACL, and he was limited to 13 games in 2021. But after staying healthy in 2022, he turned in a career-high 1,312 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns.
The 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year has three 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. He’s also been dangerous as a receiver, recording a league-leading 2,028 yards from scrimmage in his rookie year. Barkley has surpassed 300 receiving yards three times.
Last season, Barkley co-led the Giants in receptions (along with Richie James) with 57. His efforts helped the Giants to a surprise 9-7-1 finish and playoff appearance. The club went on to upset the Minnesota Vikings on Wild Card Weekend for their first playoff win since Super Bowl 46.
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