Two-time Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley was unwilling to offer an opinion Sunday about his future with the New York Giants, who have designated him with the franchise tag this offseason.
Barkley, who has 4,249 rushing yards, 1,820 receiving yards and 37 total touchdowns in five seasons, hasn’t signed the franchise tag, making it likely he won’t play this season.
Barkley wants a long-term contract, and the deadline for teams to sign tagged players to long-term deals is July 17.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about respect,” Barkley said. “That’s really it.”
A more immediate consequence of not being under contract is that Barkley will not attend the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“I think they’re open to talk. I’m open to talk,” Barkley said. “If you really break it down and look at it holistically, there’s no rush. There’s still time to get July 17th on the table. July 17th isn’t tomorrow. It’s not in a week.”
“Maybe that’s a naive way of looking at it, I could be completely wrong. … There’s hope. I trust the veterans that we can do something.”
Earlier this year several media outlets reported that Barkley, the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, turned down multi-year offers starting at $12.5 million per season during last season, then higher offers of $13 million and Over $13 million in incentives that could be worth another $1 million.
The New York Daily News reports that Barkley wants $16 million per season, the same amount as 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey earns.
– Field Level Media