Things have most definitely taken a turn in the wrong direction in regards to the Saquon Barkley contract talks. The NY Giants running back is clearly not happy with the way things have gone down with the front office this offseason.
On Sunday in Jersey City, Barkley held a youth camp at Caven Point. Afterwards, he met with the media in New Jersey to discuss his contract talks for the first time this offseason.
Some of the biggest takeaways were that Barkley said he's looking for respect, he's not sure if a new deal will be signed by July 17 and that he made it seem like holding out into the season is a possibility:
NY Giants RB Saquon Barkley is frustrated over his contract talks
Barkley doesn't want to leave Big Blue, let's get that much straight. He was seen working out in a Giants helmet recently and he was also rocking NY gear for his youth camp. However, he doesn't want to play the 2023 campaign on the non-exclusive franchise tag.
Instead, he's still hopeful that a contract extension can get agreed upon and signed by the July 17 deadline. With that said, Barkley seemed less than confident in that being the way things play out this summer.
Last season, Saquon turned back the clock and looked like one of the best running backs in the game. He rushed for a career-high 1,312 yards, leading to Pro Bowl honors. Barkley was a major reason the G-Men returned to the postseason for the first time since 2016.
In the Wild Card Round win over the Vikings in Minnesota, Barkley scored twice. He's an incredible playmaker and the kind of stud the Giants need out on the field if they want to take a step forward in 2023. Saquon is ready to get back to the negotiating table - Joe Schoen must connect with him as soon as possible.