People are going to be celebrating this news for quite some time. Out of nowhere on Tuesday morning, breaking news arrived that the NY Giants and Saquon Barkley had come to terms on a new-one year deal. Barkley won't be playing on the non-exclusive franchise tag after all.
Be honest, did you expect to wake up to this? Probably not. In the end, Joe Schoen was able to get things done with the star running back. It may not be a multi-year deal, but Giants fans will gladly take this.
When taking a look at the details of this new one-year contact too, it really does feel like a major win for Schoen. Once again, the second-year general manager has worked his magic in a fantastic way.
Saquon Barkley can earn up to $11 million in his new Giants deal
In this agreement, Barkley will get $10.1 million fully guaranteed (same as the tag), but he also landed a $2 million upfront signing bonus per Adam Schefter, plus he can take home an extra $1 million if he posts 1,300 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns and 65 receptions.
Last season, Barkley finished with 1,312 yards, 10 touchdowns and 57 receptions. On top of this, Jordan Raanan is reporting that the G-Men also have the opportunity to place the franchise tag on him next offseason too - meaning Barkley won't be able to just walk and sign with a new team in free agency.
That's huge. Should the Giants tag Barkley once again next year, he'd take home around $12 million in guaranteed dough for the '24 campaign. Hey, that's not bad either. Over the past few months, there was plenty of drama with the Saquon talks, but Schoen and the star RB were able to roll up their sleeves and record a happy ending. Now, all eyes will be on Barkley to have a huge fall and winter. Boom.