New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been placed on a franchise tag and has until 4 p.m. ET Monday to sign a long-term deal or he will have to play on the franchise tag.
If there is no deal, he will not be re-signed until after the 2023 season. With both sides at a standstill, Barkley is threatening to not play week 1 according to ESPN.
Barkley was head to toe the best player on the Giants. He finished fourth in rushing with 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was also tied for the most receptions on the team with 57.
With the franchise tag, Barkley is looking at making $10.2 million which is not a desirable salary. Last month at his camp he spoke about being tagged and he was not a fan of it.
“To sit here and say I was frustrated, I was mad, I was upset, what really got me upset was the stories that got leaked out, how misleading they were and how untruthful they were,” Barkley said.
Basically, there are reports coming from reporters and some people that Barkley is trying to reset the market, or he is asking for more than he is worth. It is clearly not true Barkley was the Giants’ offense last season and he feels he should get paid his worth. He has every right to feel this way, and no one should debate it.
If there is no deal by Monday Barkley will have a huge decision to make. The last player to sit out a whole season was Le’Veon Bell back in 2018.