There is no deal between the New York Giants and running back Saquon Barkley.
The Giants and Barkley had until 4 p.m. today to agree to a new long term contract, but neither side could come together, with Barkley cryptically tweeting, “It is what it is.”
It is what it is— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) July 17, 2023
Barkley could still sign his $10 million franchise tag, but that has not happened up to this point, and signs are, right now, that he won’t sign it. That means he is holding out of training camp, and his chances of starting Week 1 against Dallas on Sunday Night Football is at risk.
As was reported by Art Stapleton of North Jersey.com, Barkley runs the risk of losing $594,000 a week if he does not participate in games.
If things do not change by Week 10 (mid-November) than Barkley can’t play this season.
With no long-term deal being reached today, Saquon Barkley is not expected to report to training camp with the rest of his team. The Giants are not expected to see Barkley until later this summer, if then. Barkley will have decisions to make as to when he is willing to report. https://t.co/NBf7ywtuzU— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2023
The failure of the Giants and Barkley reaching a deal today means that the two sides can’t reignite negotiations until after the season concludes.
The New York Post reported last week that the Giants offered Barkley $19.5 million guaranteed, but Barkley rejected it since it was lower than the combined $22.2 million he would receive on back-to-back years under the franchise tag.
Last season Barkley ran for 1,312 yards out of the backfield, and caught 75 percent of the passes that came his way out of the back field as a receiver.
The Giants open camp on July 26.