The New York Giants have reportedly franchise-tagged operating again Saquon Barkley after beating the clock and signing quarterback Daniel Jones to a four-year deal.
This has all the time been the perfect plan for the Giants, who had been hoping to lock in Jones long-term, and franchise tag Barkley to allow them to proceed negotiating on a potential extension for him as properly.
Jones’ deal is reportedly price $160 million over 4 years with $35 million in “upside,” per NFL Network. That comes out to $40 million per season.
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Barkley congratulated Jones on his deal.
Being that Barkley’s tag is non-exclusive, different groups wishing to supply him a contract can accomplish that. New York holds the best to match that provide sheet, or obtain two first-round picks in return.
With Jones locked in, Giants GM Joe Schoen can shift focus to Barkley’s potential long-term pact. Fox Sports’ Ralph Vacchiano reported in January that the staff supplied $12 million per season to Barkley.
But Schoen ended up saying “we weren’t really close.”
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“Listen, Saquon’s done everything we’ve asked him to do, and he’s a good football player,” Schoen added. “The positional value… we’ll get into how we want to build this team and allocate our resources. That’s what it comes down to.”
Vacchiano added that Barkley was on the lookout for a deal like San Francisco 49ers’ star operating again Christian McCaffrey, who’s making $16 million per season.
Barkley has harm historical past, along with his torn ACL in 2020 ending his season prematurely on the high of the listing, however proved himself this season after speeding for 1,312 yards on 295 makes an attempt (4.4 yards per carry) with 10 touchdowns. He additionally caught 57 of his 76 targets for 338 yards.
Barkley’s potential to make defenders miss was on full show, and head coach Brian Daboll trusted the offense to constantly run by way of him every week. The outcomes? The first playoff look since 2016.
Of course, that’s not solely due to Barkley, however his tandem with Jones created an offense that ate clock and put factors on the board. A revitalized protection beneath defensive coordinator Wink Martindale factored into the Giants’ success as properly.
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Barkley has additionally developed right into a veteran chief for the Giants, one thing they envisioned in 2018 when he was drafted No. 2 general out of Penn State. While there’s a brand new regime since that Draft, Barkley has assumed the function and gamers love what he does on and off the sphere.
Prior to the Giants’ deal for Jones, they’d the third-most cap area within the NFL at $46 million, per OverTheCap.com, on Tuesday.
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The Giants can have till July 17 to signal Barkley long-term earlier than the $10.1 million wage locks in for the 2023 marketing campaign.