Running back Saquon Barkley, headed for a second straight season of contract negotiations with the New York Giants that could end with him being a free agent, said last week that he wants the organization to “just shoot me straight.”
General manager Joe Schoen took a step toward doing that on Monday be admitting that he won’t take using the franchise tag on Barkley for a second straight season off the table.
“Saquon and I will talk about that. That’s a tool we have at our disposal,” Schoen said during his end of season press conference. “That’s an option we have on the table. We’ll have that conversation, I’m not saying we will or we won’t. A lot of those conversations will be had over the next month or so.”
If the Giants tag Barkley again it will cost them just a bit more than $12 million.
Barkley said before the season finale that he has “no idea” if the Giants want to keep him for next season or beyond.
“I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to be a Giant for life,” Barkley said. “That was a goal of mine when I got drafted. I wanted to leave a legacy here. But it’s out of my control. I truly have no say. It’s really up to those guys upstairs, to Joe and all those guys. They’ve got to do what’s best for the team and whatever they feel like is best for us, for the team, then they’re going to make the decision. But me sitting here saying ‘I want to be a Giant for life’ like I did last year, it doesn’t help, it doesn’t hurt. So, I’ll just leave that up to those guys.”