New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has informed the team that he won’t sign his franchise tag before the team’s offseason program begins. Because of this he will be ineligible to participate in that offseason program with the Giants. Barkley was franchise tagged ahead of the deadline this offseason with both sides still negotiating a long term deal. While there are not talks of a hold out at this time, that idea could be in the back of the minds of both Barkley and the New York Giants front office.
Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley does not plan to sign his franchise tender before the team’s upcoming off-season program begins Monday, making him ineligible to participate, as @KimJonesSports reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2023
Just before the deadline to franchise tag players this offseason the Giants inked a long-term deal with Quartrback Daniel Jones. This allowed them to place their franchise tag on Saquon Barkley and preventing him from hitting the open free agent market. Since then there have been trade rumors circling the running back, but the Giants maintain that the goal is to work out a long-term deal with him ahead of the deadline.
This past season with the New York Giants, Saquon Barkley rushed the ball 295 times for 1,312 yards and ten touchdowns. He also caught 57 passes for 338 yards and zero receiving touchdowns. With new investments on the offensive end of the ball, it is clear that the Giants are preparing to contend in the NFC East next season. That all starts with their star running back playing well.