Giants place franchise tag on Saquon Barkley after finalizing deal with Daniel Jones
Giants make deal with quarterback Daniel Jones shortly before the franchise tag’s deadline. This means that they have a tag that can be used when running back. Saquon Barkley.
And that’s exactly what they’re doing: The Giants are now franchising Barkley, after Jones agreed to a contract extension.
That means Barkley could sign a franchise bid and secure a $10.091 million salary for the 2023 season. Barkley and the Giants could also agree on a long-term deal, though that would need to be done before July 15, after which Barkley would only be able to play until 2023 on a one-year deal.
The team could sign Barkley on the offer list and then send the Giants two first-round picks to acquire Barkley, although this is extremely unlikely.
The second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley was one of the best running backs in the league when he was healthy, but his injury problems and the growing perception in the NFL that running backs aren’t as valuable anymore has some thinking. The giants could let him walk in free will. Instead, the Giants took the necessary step to keep him for at least another year.