Giants Rumors: Will a Saquon Barkley extension come before the July 17 deadline?

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All eyes are on you, Saquon Barkley. Come next week, the NY Giants will get ready to kickstart mandatory minicamp, but for now, No. 26 isn't expected to be out on the field with the rest of his teammates.

Barkley hasn't been present for OTAs, which has NY fans worried. Moving forward, the G-Men and Barkley have until July 17 to come to an agreement, otherwise he'll have to play out 2023 on the non-exclusive franchise tag.

If you ask Giants insider Dan Duggan of The Athletic, his gut is telling him the two sides will get something done and a camp holdout won't go down. Will this end up being the case?

Giants fans are waiting to see if Saquon Barkley will sign a new deal

"My gut feeling has always been that Barkley and the Giants will get something worked out, but there are no indications they’ve made any progress. My optimism is based on the fact that Giants were once willing to pay Barkley $13 million per year. So even though they have tons of leverage, I think they’ll decide it’s better to have one of their most important players in the fold and feeling appreciated rather than squeezing him for a few million dollars."

Dan Duggan of The Athletic

The longer this whole situation drags out, the worse it'll be for the Giants and Brian Daboll. The idea of Saquon holding out leading up to Week 1 of the campaign vs. the Dallas Cowboys is keeping people up at night.

Sunday Night Football vs. America's Team is sneaking up on us. The Cowboys are favored to post a win at MetLife Stadium - if Barkley isn't out on the field, NY will have a tall climb in trying to start the season off with a win.

Barkley is coming off a career-best year, getting back to the Pro Bowl for this first time since his rookie season. Big things are expected from him in '23, but first, Schoen needs to figure things out with his contract as soon as possible.

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