New York Giants

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 21: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Today is essentially D-Day for the New York Giants and Saquon Barkley to hammer out a long term deal.

The two sides which have been in bitter and tense negotiations for months have until 4 p.m. today to get something done, or Barkley will indeed hold out of Giants training camp. The deadline would also mean the two sides can’t discuss a deal until after the 2023 season concludes.

Big Blue tagged Barkley during the off-season, which will pay the running back $10.1 million this season. Should they choose to tag him again in 2024, it would cost the Giants $12 million. At stake is guaranteed money. The Giants offered Barkley $19 million guaranteed, but he balked, since that price tag is lower than the $22 million he would make on two years worth of the franchise tag.

The Giants have also offered Barkley $13 million annually; Barkley wanted $16 million a year.

With each passing minute and hour, it is becoming increasingly likely that a hold out could happen, and it would jeopardize Barkley’s availability for Week 1 of the 2023 season against Dallas on September 10.

According to North, ” [I]f he starts missing games, the tag decreases by 1/17th and he’d lose $594,000 per week. In that case, if the situation reached post-Week 10, Barkley would not be allowed to play this season.”

There is no doubt that if the Giants are going to get back to the playoffs this season, coming off last year’s successful run, they need to have Barkley on the field. He accounted hauled in 75 percent of passes that went his way last season from quarterback Daniel Jones, and one can argue a big reason Jones went on to have his best season at quarterback was in due part to Barkley rushing for 1,312 yards on the ground.

Will the sides agree today? We’ll find out soon enough.

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