Saquon Barkley isn’t demanding to be the NFL’s highest-paid operating again.
In his most revealing feedback so far about his pending free company, the face of the Giants implied Sunday that he’s prepared to provide slightly on his finish to be sure that a multiyear extension will get finalized. The 2 sides briefly negotiated throughout the bye week however shut down talks till after the season due to a time crunch — not as a result of the numbers had been far aside, sources instructed The Submit on the time.
“I’m not too involved about resetting any markets or something like that,” Barkley mentioned on the heels of a season-ending loss. “I’m sensible. I do know what I used to be on tempo to do, however having two years full of accidents (2019-20) and a season of not performing to the extent I do know I can carry out (2021) doesn’t assist. However I feel I used to be in a position to present the caliber of participant I’m. That was my purpose this 12 months. I used to be in a position to accomplish that.”
Saquon Barkley speaks to the media on Jan. 22. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Submit
The 49ers’ Christian McCaffrey’s $16 million per 12 months is the best annual common wage for a operating again. The typical of the top-five offers for operating backs is $14.2 million per 12 months — which looks like a candy spot for compromise on a multiyear deal — and $23.5 million totally assured.
The wage cap might improve by about 12 % to a record-high of $220 million per crew in 2023, which suggests brokers will argue for contracts to be inflated accordingly. The Submit’s Ian O’Connor beforehand reported that Barkley turned down a three-or four-year deal averaging about $12 million-$12.5 million regardless of his repeated want to stay a Large for all times, per sources.
“I couldn’t think about that being the final time in a Giants uniform,” Barkley mentioned of the playoff loss to the Eagles. “However that’s the character of the enterprise. I can’t management any of that. I’ve been vocal about how I really feel. I’m excited for the longer term, it doesn’t matter what occurs.”
Barkley, who ran for a career-high 1,312 yards and scored 10 touchdowns throughout the common season, mentioned he’ll speak with agent Kim Miale this week to debate numbers.
“We’d’ve liked to have gotten the deal finished throughout the bye week,” Barkley mentioned. “Clearly, it wasn’t in a position to get finished. It’s enjoyable to be taught the enterprise facet of it and the numbers of it.”
Saquon Barkley will not be involved about resetting the operating again market. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Submit
The Giants’ leverage for reducing Barkley’s asking value is the specter of a franchise tag and a one-year, $10.1 million contract that rubs all operating backs flawed due to their danger of damage. Then again, taking part in hardball with the crew’s finest playmaker might ship the flawed message of dedication to a younger locker room with many core items nearing first-time extension talks.
“He’s the most effective operating again within the league,” quarterback Daniel Jones mentioned. “I feel he proved that this 12 months to everybody and confirmed what he’s able to doing as a dynamic a part of this offense. His well being is clearly an enormous a part of that, and he deserves all the things that’s forward of him.”