Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants Reach Deal on First Day of Training Camp
In an unexpected turn of events, Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants have agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract just hours after the start of training camp. The news comes after months of uncertainty and failed negotiations for a long-term extension.
Barkley, who was unhappy about being placed under the franchise tag, had previously expressed his frustration with the situation. There were even speculations that the star running back might sit out camp or even a portion of the upcoming season.
However, all doubts were put to rest when the Giants confirmed that Barkley had signed his franchise tender, which includes $909,000 worth of incentives. General Manager Joe Schoen expressed his relief at having Barkley back on the field and recognized the immense value the talented player brings to the team.
Entering his sixth season in the NFL, Barkley is now unable to discuss a new contract until the end of the season due to league rules. Nevertheless, his performance on the field in 2021 speaks for itself. He had a career-best season, rushing for an impressive 1,312 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns.
Barkley’s new salary of $11 million makes him one of the highest-paid running backs in the league. This comes as a surprise to many, considering the recent decline in the market value of running backs. The trend has led to several players, including Barkley, being placed under the franchise tag instead of securing long-term deals.
One of the concerns during the contract negotiations was Barkley’s injury history. The star running back has had his fair share of setbacks, raising questions about his durability and long-term career prospects. However, the Giants have chosen to bet on Barkley’s potential and rely on his explosive abilities on the field.
Interestingly, Barkley’s fellow running backs, Josh Jacobs and Tony Pollard, have not received similar deals. While Pollard has signed his franchise tender, Jacobs has yet to reach an agreement with the Las Vegas Raiders. This disparity in contracts further highlights the complexities and intricacies of the negotiation process in the NFL.
As fans gear up for the upcoming season, all eyes will be on Barkley as he takes the field once again for the New York Giants. With a shiny new contract and a point to prove, the pressure is on for the star player to live up to expectations and continue to be a driving force for his team.
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