Giants GM Unlikely to Grant Saquon Barkley Request

Offseason Decisions Looming for NFL Teams.

by Nouman Rasool
Giants GM Unlikely to Grant Saquon Barkley Request
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New York Giants' star running back, Saquon Barkley, has been vocal about his desire for clarity regarding his future with the team. After the regular season ended, Barkley expressed his hope that General Manager Joe Schoen would make a quick decision regarding the franchise tag.

This potential move would see Barkley retained by the Giants for a second consecutive year. On Tuesday, at the Senior Bowl site, Schoen addressed the situation and indicated that he wasn't in a hurry to make a final decision.

He mentioned a positive conversation with Barkley on January 12th, noting that Barkley was preparing to travel to Africa for a Super Bowl commercial. Schoen's plan is to engage with Barkley's representatives during the upcoming NFL Combine.

Important Dates for NFL Combine

The NFL Combine is scheduled to take place from February 27th to March 4th, and the deadline for teams to use their franchise tags falls on March 5th. Barkley, who has been with the Giants since being selected as the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has openly admitted that he can envision himself playing for another team.

Last offseason, Barkley expressed his disappointment in not securing a long-term contract but eventually signed a one-year tag to join training camp on time. If the Giants decide to franchise tag Barkley for a second time, it would come with a cost of approximately $12.1 million for the 2024 season, unless a contract agreement is reached before the summer deadline.

Barkley is highly regarded within the locker room and among fans, and his presence didn't cause any issues for Schoen or head coach Brian Daboll last season after he reported for duty. However, it remains uncertain whether Barkley would stage a holdout through the start of August to protest a second franchise tag.

Ultimately, Schoen could resolve the situation by allowing Barkley to explore free agency, especially in a market where veteran running backs have faced devaluation by NFL teams. As the saga unfolds, it remains to be seen how the Giants will handle Barkley's future with the franchise.