New York Giants’ RBS Sakwon Barkley was one of the standout performers in last season’s trip to the playoffs, but a deadlock in contract negotiations has left him teetering on the brink of free agency.
The 26-year-old played a key role in the Giants’ comeback in the past season, ranking fourth in most rushing yards in the entire NFL and scoring 10 points in a divisional loss to the Eagles just before the finals. Recorded. hurdle.
But reports say the franchise is unwilling to go along with Barkley’s $16 million-per-season contract demand, leaving a significant gap in negotiations, alarming the rest of the NFL. .
Doubts about his future in New York are compounded by a franchise tag window opening this week. General manager Joe Shane and head coach Blaine Dabor must decide which, if any, to tie for next season.
Saquon Barkley had quite the comeback season with Brian Daboll as head coach. 2021: 203 touches, 856 total yards, 4 TDs, PPR RB30
2022: 352 touches, 1,650 total yards, 10 TDs, PPR RB5 pic.twitter.com/KcY7kpfFr5
— LeatherBrainz (@leatherbrainz) February 17, 2023
Despite Jones opting to decline the fifth-year option in his contract before the start of the season, which meant a huge financial blow to the franchise tag of $32 million, Jones was still on track for a postseason run in the back end. contributed to the unexpected execution of last year.
The Chicago Bears are now the frontrunners to sign Barkley across NFL betting sites. If Barkley heads to the exit door, they’re free to spend his agency time on his cap salary, his room is over $100 million, and RB is looking for a big increase in his year. An annual check, which may be a good match.
Elsewhere, the Buffalo Bills are a close second, according to sportsbook estimates, and new Super Bowl champions Kansas City could also explore Barkley as a free agent.
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