Vikings releasing Dalvin Cook only hurts Saquon Barkley in his contract talks

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The way the running back market has been set, NY Giants running back Saquon Barkley must really be regretting not taking the $13-14 million per season offer the G-Men put on the table for him. Barkley, who has been away from the team this offseason, is still eyeing his major payday.

However, thanks to the way things have gone for other stars at the position this offseason, it's looking like No. 26 is going to have to reduce his number by quite a bit. Barkley's chances of getting the kind of money he wants only took a hit this week with the Minnesota Vikings releasing Dalvin Cook.

The Pro Bowl RB has posted at least 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. Yet, Minnesota decided to release Cook, saving $9 million in cap space for 2023.

NY Giants RB Saquon Barkley isn't expected at minicamp this week

With the Giants set to take the field on Tuesday for mandatory minicamp, Saquon isn't expected to be out on the field with the rest of his teammates. However, you never know if he and Joe Schoen are able to get on the same page in the next day or so.

If that does happen, it would put an end to the contract drama, but it's very much up in the air if something is going to get done ahead of the July 17 deadline or not. Barkley is incredibly important for this team and the new-look offense.

Barkley was a major reason why the Giants were able to reach the postseason last winter for the first time since 2016. For now, the future is unknown for both Barkley and Cook. Cook has been linked with the Miami Dolphins, while Big Blue nation is waiting to see if Barkley will put the pen to paper on a new deal soon.

So many nerves would be calmed if Barkley does land his multi-year contract, but it has to be at the right price for Schoen and Co. too.

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