Saquon Barkley has confirmed that he still wants to spend his entire NFL career with the New York Giants. After putting up great numbers in 2022 and playing a big part in the Giants' success, 26-year-old Barkley entered this offseason hoping to be rewarded with a long-term deal.
But instead, the Giants franchise-tagged him. After failing to agree on a long-term with the Giants and initially refusing to sign his franchise tag tender, Barkley and the Giants eventually found a solution after the star running back was offered an adjusted franchise tag that could pay him $11 million in 2023 if the 26-year-old hits all incentives. “Oh, yeah.
I don’t think that really changed. They know how I feel. I’m not really too focused on that right now," Barkley told The New York Post.
Barkley ready for the 2023 season
Barkley has had a tumultuous offseason with the Giants but he feels ready for the season.
“I feel like I had a great camp. I feel we had a great preseason as a team. I came in, what I wanted to do, the weight I wanted to be at, hit some of the speeds I wanted to hit. Being involved a little bit more in the pass game, worked on that in the offseason a lot, just getting back into being in the building and playing football and having fun and doing what I love.
I would say all of that together is the reason why I’d say I had a great camp," Barkley said. Going into the 2023 season, Barkley insists his focus remains on helping the Giants reach their goals in 2023. “No matter what, if I have this contract, if I had a long-term deal or if I have a one-year deal again, I put all that aside.
I’m just focusing on trying to be great, trying to be a leader, be a captain for this team and do everything I can to help this team win," Barkley said.