Saquon Barkley gives update on his future with Giants

Barkley wants a long-term deal but he has been franchise tagged by the Giants.

by Dzevad Mesic
Saquon Barkley gives update on his future with Giants

Saquon Barkley confirms he hasn't had many talks with New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen regarding the possibility of getting a new contract this offseason. Barkley, who earned his second Pro Bowl nod in 2022, was franchise tagged by the Giants prior to the start of free agency.

However, it is not a secret that 26-year-old Barkley wants to sign a multiyear deal before the start of the 2023 season. Since Barkley's wish hasn't been met, the star running back missed the start of the Giants' offseason program.

“Where do I stand with the Giants right now? It’s like what someone said the other day, it’s still April. 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. All I can control is how I will wake up every morning and stay with my goals and my passion. Even though I may not be with the team right now and not in the building, I don’t think anyone with the Giants is concerned about my work-ethic and my teammates aren’t worried about how I’m preparing," Barkley said, per Pro Football Talk.

Will the Giants pay Barkley?

Before the start of free agency, it was not a secret what was in play. The Giants wanted to sign quarterback Daniel Jones to a multiyear and they managed to do so. But had the Giants failed to reach a long-term deal with Jones, they would have used their franchise tag for 2023 on Jones.

After paying Jones, the Giants used their franchise tag on Barkley. The Giants and Barkley have until July 17th to agree on a long-term deal. If Barkley doesn't get a multiyear deal, he will be paid $10.091 million under the franchise tag in 2023.