Giants exercise Saquon Barkley’s fifth-year option

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A report on Wednesday indicated Giants running back Saquon Barkley is on track to be ready for the start of the 2021 season and he’s now set to be with the team at the start of the 2022 season as well.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Giants have exercised their fifth-year option on Barkley’s contract. He now has a guaranteed salary of $7.217 million for next season.

Barkley, who was the second overall pick of the 2018 draft, is recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in the second game of the 2020 season. He only mustered 34 yards on 19 carries last season, but had 478 carries for 2,310 yards and 17 touchdowns during his first two seasons.

Barkley also caught 143 passes for 1,159 yards and six touchdowns in his first two seasons and a return to production like that in 2021 would likely lead to talk about an extension before he plays out the fifth year of his rookie deal.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m. ET: The Giants have officially announced the move.

15 responses to “Giants exercise Saquon Barkley’s fifth-year option

  1. Unfortunately for him, he will never become the great running back that he could have been. Because of his big legs he will never recover his speed and explosiveness.

  2. He’s a talent, let’s hope he stays healthy. They have some skill on their offence, but Jones at QB is their weakest link.

  3. Wow. That’s crazy money for a part-time player at an imminently replaceable position.

  4. Barkley is a good RB and fun to watch. I hope he recovers well from his knee injury. It would’ve been foolish to let him walk.

  5. Barkley is a very good back and a great human. I hope he can fully recover. I can’t believe the Giants already wasted 4 years of his career.

  6. Saquon is hard not to like considering his play on the field and character. And I’m an eagles fan.

  7. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    April 29, 2021 at 9:37 am
    Barkley is a very good back and a great human. I hope he can fully recover. I can’t believe the Giants already wasted 4 years of his career.
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    Barkley led the NFL in scrimmage yards his rookie year. Then he suffered major injuries that cost him significant playing time over his next two seasons. Year 4 is upcoming. I would say the “wasted” portion of Barkley’s career so far falls more on him for trying to do too much than on the team for misusing him.

  8. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    April 29, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I can’t believe the Giants already wasted 4 years of his career.
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    First off it’s only been 3yrs and the Giants didn’t waste them, Barkley did with injuries!

    The 5th year option has to be exercised before the start of the 4th year. The Barkley pick would have been far better used on an OL moreso than a RB! Almost everything revolves around the OL. The QB doesn’t have time to throw, it’s the OL. If the D is spending to much time on the field and getting worn out it’s because the offense can’t stay on the field and there’s too many 3 & out’s. The most important part of rebuilding a team is putting together a good/great OL and then the D, not the QB, RB or WR’s.

    I don’t know why these GM/HC’s can’t figure that out, but Reid & Veach can and that’s why they gave up the farm for Brown!

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