It’s the story of the off-season for the New York Giants.
Running back Saquon Barkley wants a new contract, and despite receiving the franchise tag that will pay him $10.1 million this season, the All Pro running back wants a long term commitment from Big Blue.
As a result, he is holding out of mandator mini-camp until a deal is reached.
When pressed by reporters at the AMPT Football Camp he runs, Barkley paused incredulously, and didn’t sound too optimistic that a deal could get done by a July 17 deadline. Both sides agreed to to hammer out a deal hopefully by that date.
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Barley told reporters.
“I think they’re open to talking. I’m open to talking. I think at the end of the day, if you really break it down and look at it as a whole, there is no rush. There is still time on the table to get to July 17.”
Saquon Barkley was asked if he was optimistic about the July 17 deadline to make a deal and he said he doesn’t know. pic.twitter.com/Z55BXzbUjd— Charlotte Carroll (@charlottecrrll) June 11, 2023
Barkley’s hold out is now the story of camp, as both players and coaches have had to answer questions about it.
“I am going to let Saquon speak for himself on that,” quarterback Daniel Jones said.
Brian Daboll is FOCUSED ON TODAY— Talkin’ Giants (@TalkinGiants) June 13, 2023
Doing his best to avoid Saquon Barkley questions pic.twitter.com/Rh3I1SmqRK
Added Head Coach Brian Daboll in his pre-minicamp press conference: ““Everything that I have to say about Saquon will be in private,” Daboll said. When pressed about the deadline, Daboll reiterated multiple times he is worried only about “today.”
Sterling Sheperd was emotional about it. “I can’t envision him in another jersey. That’s my best friend. Obviously I want him here. But you gotta figure things that are best for you and for your family.”
"I can't visualize him in another jersey. That's my best friend."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) June 13, 2023
Sterling Shepard on Saquon Barkley: pic.twitter.com/PeuJasXy9T
Training camp begins in late July for Big Blue.
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