Saquon Barkley: Contract least of my worries right now

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Giants running back Saquon Barkley missed almost all of the 2020 season after tearing his ACL in Week 2 and getting back into form for 2021 remains his top priority.

Barkley is eligible for a contract extension for the first time this offseason and Giants co-owner John Mara said last month that the team expects Barkley to be part of the organization for a long time. That may be the case, but talks about securing that future are unlikely to happen anytime soon.

During an appearance on PFT Live, Barkley told Mike Florio that he is devoting all of his attention to rehabbing his knee and getting ready for next season.

“To be honest, that’s the least of my worries,” Barkley said. “That’s not even on my mind right now to even have that conversation, spark that conversation up. I’m really just focusing on getting this knee ready because I want to be the best player I can be.”

With Barkley under contract for 2021 and the team holding an option for 2022, a wait to see how everything goes with Barkley’s return before making longer-term plans makes sense for all involved.

16 responses to “Saquon Barkley: Contract least of my worries right now

  1. Giants fan here.

    You can argue about the wisdom of taking and RB 2nd overall when you are rebuilding, probably not a good use of resources. However, what you definitely don’t do, and the Rams showed this with Gurley, is give that back a mega-money 2nd contract before the rookie draft expires.

    The Giants have him under contract for 2021, 5th year option for 2022, and potentially 1 or 2 franchise tags after that. That is potentially 3-4 more years to really see what you have in the player. Aside from a brilliant rookie year, was injured in year 2, missed gamed and was banged up the rest of year 2, and lasted 5 quarters of year 3.

    If the Giants extend him this offseason or next, it’s malpractice by Gettleman et al. I think you need at least 2 good years from him before you consider an extension.

  2. Sadly, the RB position has been completely devalued. A player that touches the ball 15-20;times per game should be payed a lot more than a WR who touches it 3-6 times a game. Also, the RB prevents the QB from getting killed on a blitz. But, I guess this is the new NFL.

  3. If I am Giants, there is no chance of extending him take this year, tag him next year and then move on. RBs are just not that important to team success.

  4. Yeah, not a Giants fan on any level, but I hate when a player who has the potential of Saquon has been sidelined… Rooting for him to get back and for him to be playing at a high level soon…

  5. I am always right, right? says: “Also, the RB prevents the QB from getting killed on a blitz. But, I guess this is the new NFL.”

    You do know Barkley’s one of the worst pass-blocking RBs, right? Seriously, they had to bring in Dion Lewis last year for exactly that reason.

  6. How can you justify giving him a big money deal this year? He has yet to prove he can stay on the field.

  7. This right here is why I would never ever get mad at a player for holding out when contracts do come around. Yes, I read the article. Just saying.

  8. Maybe in the 70s/80s taking a RB in the top 10 made sense.

    In today’s NFL taking ta RB in the top 10 rarely works out. Maybe Adrian Peterson worked out….the rest were not worth it.

  9. Wasn’t that the same thing Mara said about OBJ a few months before the Giants’ traded him to Cleveland?

  10. Don’t think he really cares about all that contract stuff right now, the kid saves his money and basically lives off his endorsements just like Marshawn Lynch did, except he marketed himself brilliantly by signing with Nike and getting endorsements from multiple brands.

    He’ll be fine, and if the Giants don’t end up resigning him he’ll probably end up somewhere where he feels like he can maximize his abilities on the field which would start with an Oline that actually knows who how and who to block.

  11. Gurley 2.0. Giants need to move on and not tie up 25mil per yr for an often injured RB that had one good season.

  12. They should try to trade him to see what they can get. RB isn’t vital anymore and he could get injured easily. They will just tag him anyway. See if someone will give you a first round pick.

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