A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the New York Giants these days, with star Saquon Barkley backtracking on his contract status.
The team used their franchise tag to keep him on the team for at least one more season, and they have until July 17 to sign a new contract.
Until a deal is reached, Barkley will not be allowed to participate in workouts or programs at the Giants’ facility.
Fortunately, analyst Brian Baldinger doesn’t expect Barkley to miss any actual games because of his contract status.
“I expect this thing to be long, but I believe @saqon Won’t be sitting out this season.”
— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) June 12, 2023
Simply put, Barkley is the fault of the Giants’ offense, as he lacks any viable threat at the wide receiver position.
After a few injury-plagued seasons, he rushed for 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022 while adding 338 yards on 57 caught passes.
He led the team in receptions last season, and needless to say, losing him would be a huge blow for the Giants.
Hoping to diversify their offense, they brought in Darren Waller, a former Pro Bowler, but he’s a tight end, and no one can expect him north of 1,000 receiving yards this coming season.
New York has already handed a huge new contract to quarterback Daniel Jones, who is a threat on the field but has yet to show that he can elevate his team with his pass.
They also signed star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence to a four-year, $90 million extension, and while they’ll do whatever it takes to keep Barkley, they probably shouldn’t overpay to do so.
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