NY Giants could make Saquon Barkley splash after giving Daniel Jones $160 million

Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Saquon Barkley, NY Giants. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

With what felt like seconds left on the clock before the tag deadline arrived, the NY Giants and general manager Joe Schoen were able to strike a long-term deal with quarterback Daniel Jones. With this, the Giants and Schoen also wasted no time in placing the franchise tag on running back Saquon Barkley.

This will result in Barkley making $10.1 million for next campaign, way less than what he was eyeing in his negotiations for a multi-year deal of his own. However, could some more Schoen magic be on the way? If you ask ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, it wouldn’t be a shocker to see No. 26 get a payday from Schoen in the near future as well.

Remember, just because the Giants placed the tag on Barkley, that doesn’t mean they have to stop negotiating with him. With Jones and Schoen meeting in the middle, we’ll see if the NY GM can make the same happen with Barkley.

NY Giants will still work to ink Saquon Barkley to a long-term extension

Remember when Schoen said he was cautiously optimistic that he’d be able to re-sign both Barkley and Jones. Well, there’s a check next to Jones’ name, but now it’s time to try and see if he can get things over the line with Barkley as well. According to NFL insider Mike Garafolo, Barkley’s reps met with Schoen on Monday.

There’s still a bit of a gap there, but after re-signing Danny Dimes, Schoen can now focus on trying to make Barkley happy as well. There was a ton of concern that the Giants were going to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jones.

If that would have happened, it would have resulted in Barkley hitting free agency. Luckily, however, that’s not how things played out, as Schoen was able to quickly place the tag on Barkley before the deadline. Again, just because he was tagged, that doesn’t mean he’ll be locked in at that $10.1 million for 2023.

Big Blue supporters would love to see Barkley land an extension as well. This will be something to monitor over the coming days.