Saquon Barkley ‘rejected multiple Giants offers including a multi-year deal worth $13million annually during the 2022 NFL season’ as contract standoff continues
- Saquon Barkley remained philosophical when last discussing his future with NY
- Giants GM Joe Schoen said he would be talking to Barkley’s reps post-Draft
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Saquon Barkley and the Giants seem no closer – publicly at least – to a contract resolution as the 2023 season incrementally closes in.
The All-Pro running back is presently displeased with the Giants’ offer – the $10.09million franchise tag – and as such has not signed it, nor attended the team’s voluntary workouts.
According to a NJ.com report, Barkley and agent Kim Miale rejected multiple proposals, one of which was a ‘multi-year deal worth $13 million a season’ — with incentives potentially pushing the deal to $14m after the season’s completion.
Instead, Barkley and the Giants remain at an impasse. A $12.5m deal alone would have placed the former Penn State star equal-fourth on average yearly value among running backs, alongside Derrick Henry.
Only Christian McCaffrey ($16m), Alvin Kamara ($15m) and Dalvin Cook ($12.6m) presently have contracts exceeding an average annual salary beyond the figure.
Saquon Barkley – who had a career-high in rushing yards in 2022 – is looking for a new offer
The All-Pro RB reportedly turned down a multi-year, $12m contract with added incentives
The top running back on the 2023 free agency market was ex-Eagles running back Miles Sanders. Ultimately, he signed with Carolina on a four-year, $25.4m contract with $13m guaranteed.
Giants general manager Joe Schoen revealed April 30 he would imminently ‘reconvene’ talks with Saquon Barkley’s representatives, following the NFL Draft.
‘We’ll talk this coming week now that the draft is over, kind of reconvene, see if [an improved offer] makes sense or not,’ Schoen said at the time.
‘We’ll have conversations with him,’ he added, before revealing he had spoken with Barkley’s representatives during that week.
Barkley remained philosophical when discussing his future with the Giants last month while back in Pennsylvania.
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‘Where do I stand with the Giants right now? It’s like what someone said the other day … it’s still April,’ Barkley said, via The Morning Call.
‘I haven’t had conversations with Joe too much. So the best way I can handle it is to keep working. Whatever happens, happens. There are things I can’t really control right now.’
New York added another running back during the Draft, taking Oklahoma star Eric Gray — seen as a depth option behind Barkley — in the fifth-round.
Barkley is an undoubtedly crucial weapon for the Giants offense and is fresh off a career-best year, rushing for 1,312 yards from 295 carries. He also added 10 touchdowns on the ground.