Saquon Barkley has remained largely silent about his contract negotiations with the New York Giants.
The two parties were unable to come to a long-term agreement, which resulted in Barkley being tagged as a franchise.
According to NBC Sports, the Giants offered the running back $13 million per year, while Barkley wanted $16 million. But the Giants would withdraw their offer if the tag applied.
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However, Barkley says that report is nonsense.
The broker tweeted two hat emoji to indicate that the report is «cap.»
For those unfamiliar, «tapa» in today’s jargon means a falsehood.
There are many rumors surrounding Barkley, so it is not clear what he is referring to. Maybe he’s saying it’s all fake news.
ESPN reported Wednesday that his Week 1 status is «in jeopardy» if he and the Giants don’t agree to an extension by Monday. That’s when his $10.1 million franchise tag will lock in for the 2023 season.
The Giants and Barkley will have until 4 pm that day to work something out. Otherwise, Barkley will make a big decision about what to do for 2023.
Another ESPN reporter came to Barkley’s defense, saying that Barkley was never offered $26 million as NBC Sports reported, he also didn’t think a $16 million salary was «realistic.»
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«I got tagged, were you upset about it? Nobody wants to be tagged,» Barkley told ESPN in June. «Sitting here and saying I was frustrated, angry, upset… What really bothered me was the stories that were leaked, how misleading they were and how untrue they were.
Barkley finished with 1,312 rushing yards last season, good for fourth in the NFL, with a total of 10 rushing touchdowns.
Daniel Jones, who signed a four-year deal this offseason that locks him in as the team’s franchise quarterback, completed 57 passes to Barkley, tied for the team lead in 2022.
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The Giants went 9-8-1 in Barkley’s first fully healthy season since 2018. He missed three games in 2019 due to a sprained ankle, tore his ACL in Week 2 of 2020 and then suffered another bizarre ankle sprain in 2021 that forced him to miss four games.
Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.