The New York Giants signed a four-year $160 million contract extension with quarterback DanielJones. This left them with very little cap space and the Giants had to place the star running back Saquon Barkley on the non-exclusive franchise tag.
And now fans are urging the Giants to pay Saquon Barkley and keep him in New York. Cowboys’ star linebacker Micah Parsons also chimed into the consensus on Twitter. Parsons said Barkley is the offense for the Giants and the team should pay him ASAP. This carries a lot of weight coming from a rival.
Parsons tweeted, “I mean yeah that’s what happens when you the best players on your team you idiot!! The scheme on Monday morning is we well not let SAQUON BARKLEY BEAT Us!! People just think we be out here playing free for all!! like gtfo! That mf is that offense! Pay him!”
The Giants lack weapons on the offense, and Saquon Barkley is the only star player on the roster. With the addition of tight end Darren Waller, the offense seems elevated but not much. Keeping Barkley on the team is a must for the Giants if they wish to make it to the playoffs in 2023 and have a shot at making it all the way to the Super Bowl.
Will Saquon Barkley play on the franchise tag in 2023?
The Giants selected Saquon Barkley second overall in the 2018 NFL draft. Since then, Barkley has been one of the best running back in the league. He won the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018 for his amazing 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns season.
The 2x Pro Bowl running back was offered a multi-year contract extension by the Giants last year that would pay him $12.5 million per year. However, Barkley rejected the offer as he wants a more average annual salary.
Unable to reach a common ground with the 26-year-old, the New York-based franchise had no choice but to place him on the franchise tag. The franchise tag for running backs is $10.1 million, fully guaranteed. This is even lower than what the Giants offered him last season.
There are rumors floating around the league that Saquon Barkley is expecting a multi-year contract extension worth $14 million annually from his team. This will make him the third highest-paid running back in the league behind Christian McCaffrey ($16 million), Alvin Kamara ($15 million), and Ezekiel Elliott ($15 million).
Barkley had his career-best season in 2022. He had 295 rushing attempts for 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Giants have until July 17, 2023, to lock the star running back, or else he might request a trade that will be detrimental to their offense.
There are reports suggesting Barkley won’t be signing the franchise tag. It’ll be interesting to see whether Barkley decides to play or not on the franchise tag in the coming season.
Yash Karandekar is an NFL author at FirstSportz. He fell in love with the sport since his early days and has been an ardent follower ever since. He is a proud Buffalo Bills fan when he isn't busy being totally amazed by everything Tom Brady does. A final year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering, he is eagerly waiting for Brady to claim his 8th Super Bowl and further cement his legacy. Yash loves watching reruns of previous Super Bowls in addition to watching thriller movies and series and is a total history nerd.
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