The deadline for tagged players to sign a multiyear deal is approaching fast, with July 17 at 4 p.m. ET as the cutoff time. Failure to reach an agreement means the player will either have to play the entire 2023 season under the one-year tag or risk losing the tag’s guaranteed salary by sitting out. Recent reports indicate that running back Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants are currently in a standstill during contract negotiations.
Saquon Barkley is aiming for a contract that surpasses $14 million per year, which would put him among the highest-paid running backs in the NFL. The Giants extended an offer to Barkley that amounted to $13 million annually, including $26 million over the first two years. However, reports suggest that the team attached a condition to the offer, stating that it would rescind the proposal if they decided to apply the franchise tag. In response to this news, Barkley disputed the offer through his social media channels.
Currently, only two other running backs in the league earn an average annual salary exceeding $14 million: Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints and Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers. Despite his injuries over the past couple of seasons, Barkley played a crucial role in coach Brian Daboll’s revamped offense in 2022, accumulating an impressive 1,650 yards from scrimmage.
The negotiations between Barkley and the Giants are ongoing, with both sides reportedly rejecting or withdrawing contract offers during this offseason. As the deadline looms, it remains to be seen whether they can bridge the gap and reach a satisfactory agreement.
Source – CBSSports
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