With the franchise tag deadline of March 5 sneaking up on us, all eyes are on NY Giants running back Saquon Barkley. No one knows if he'll be placed on the tag, sign an extension, or join a new team in free agency. Everything is on the table for the two-time Pro Bowler.
While speaking to Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, a solution to everything was pitched and Barkley appears to be on board. In this case, Dunleavy said that Barkley could test free agency and come back to the Giants with the best verbal offer on the table before putting the pen to paper. No. 26 said this would be fair on his side.
Saquon Barkley and the Giants are set to open contract talks up again soon
This was a brilliant idea from Dunleavy and hey, we'd be all for it. The big news here too is that Saquon would be open to this as well. The Giants and Barkley tried to get things done last offseason, but Barkley and Schoen couldn't get on the same page in terms of guaranteed money.
This opened the door for the G-Men to sign Daniel Jones to his $160 million extension and then place Barkley on the franchise tag soon after. This of course didn't make Barkley happy, as he played the 2023 campaign on the non-exclusive franchise tag - his long-term financial security was non-existent.
He doesn't want that to happen again, and neither should Schoen. Should the Giants go the tag route, it will result in a $12 million cap hit. It would make more sense for a multi-year deal to be worked out to allow Schoen to spend some of that money elsewhere.
With Dunleavy's plan, Schoen would be able to see what Barkley's worth is across the league - he could then decide if he wants to pay the star running back that kind of dough. This feels like a sweet deal for everyone involved. Soon enough, we'll find out if Barkley will be back in East Rutherford or not.