4 cutthroat moves the NY Giants could make to create cap space
1. Not signing Saquon Barkley to a multi-year deal
This is easily the worst-case scenario for this upcoming free agency period, however, it could be more likely than you think. Saquon Barkley could ask for way too much money, as there’s been reports that he’s eyeing between $15-16 million per campaign. Schoen won’t give him that.
Barkley is a fantastic running back, no doubt a top five player at his position, but the discussion surrounding the value of Barkley’s position will always be prominent in today’s NFL. While Spotrac has Barkley’s value at $12.3 million a year, Barkley is believed to want Christian McCaffrey-type money. He also reportedly turned down around $12 million a year during the bye week.
With Barkley, Daniel Jones and Love set to have expiring contracts, alongside Andrew Thomas, Dexter Lawrence, and Xavier McKinney eligible for extensions, the Giants have a lot of spending to do and only so much money to do so with.
Obviously, most fans want to bring all of these players back, especially Barkley, but with all the positional gaps on this Giants roster, spending upwards of $15+ million on a running back may not be the wisest decision to make. We can only hope that Barkley and Schoen can meet in the middle. Otherwise, No. 26 could be playing for a different team next season.