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Saquon Barkley contract: No deal for Barkley, Giants

It looks like Barkley will have to deal with the franchise tag

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[UPDATE 3:55 p.m.]


It looks like there will not be a long-term deal between Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants.

Barkley just tweeted this:

Ian Rapoport quickly followed with this:

The Giants and Barkley apparently got within $2 million of a deal.


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[UPDATE: 3:23 p.m.]

Well, this doesn’t sound encouraging.

[UPDATE 12:45 p.m.]

This is not Saquon Barkley news, but it is worth noting since Pollard is also a running back. Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders also working today to find a long-term deal and avoid playing on the franchise tag.

[UPDATE 10:31]

Giants have reportedly raised guaranteed money offer

Per Art Stapleton of The Record, the Giants have raised the amount of guaranteed money they are offering to Barkley. Stapleton wrote that “an individual familiar with the situation told late Saturday night that it’s believed the guarantees in the offer were increased to $22 million and “a smidge above that.”

Valentine’s View: What “a smidge” is we don’t know. What I do know is this is how the game is played, and what I have been expecting. The Giants were holding the line at $19.5 million in guarantees to give themselves wiggle room to raise their offer at the deadline without going well beyond a number they are comfortable with.

[UPDATE 9:38 a.m.]

Well, can’t make a deal without discussing one. While I have always felt a deal would get done, I also believe the Giants would feel fine letting Barkley play on the franchise tag.

[UPDATE 9:22 a.m.]

Here is a live stream Ed did this morning on our YouTube channel discussing the Barkley situation:

[UPDATE: 8:51 a.m.]

Well, that’s not great news. I actually have to wonder how motivated the Giants are to do a deal beyond the $22.2 million franchise tag total over the next two years.

Today’s the day. By 4 p.m. ET on Monday we will know if Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants have reached a long-term deal, or if Barkley will have to decide whether or not to sign the $10.091 million franchise tag.

In a recent poll on the Big Blue View Instagram page, 78% of voters thought the team and Barkley would reach a deal.

What we know is that recent reporting from Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post indicated that the Giants have thus far only offered Barkley $19.5 million in guaranteed money. The franchise tag value for Barkley over 2023 and 2024 would total $22.2 million, so Barkley would seem highly unlikely to sign for less than that.

Barkley has reportedly turned down two contract offers worth $12.5 million or more annually.

What will happen? We don’t know for sure. What we do know is that you can keep coming back to this post throughout the day for updates and to discuss the situation with concerned Giants fans.

Check out our Barkley-Giants contract StoryStream for all of our continuing coverage of the situation.