Running back Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants claimed he wasn’t aiming to reshape the market with his impending free-agent contract. However, it now seems like the Giants will need to be prepared to spend if they want to keep Barkley.
When questioned about his asking price as a free agent, Barkley was modest and admitted that his two injuries would prevent him from earning elite compensation. However, according to Fox Sports Ralph Vacchiano, New York General Manager Joe Schoen
stated that the two parties weren’t close to an agreement when the Giants made Barkley an annual offer of $12 million. Now that it’s a little clearer, we can see what Barkley really wants, and it resembles the contract of another running back who made the Pro Bowl.
According to Vacchiano, “Barkley remarked yesterday he didn’t necessarily want to establish the market.” However, I keep hearing that he wants close to Christian McCaffrey’s $16M average.
While still playing for the Carolina Panthers, Christian McCaffrey agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract. His annual compensation averages well over $16 million. The highest base compensation in the NFL is McCaffrey’s $11.8 million annual salary. McCaffrey is the highest-paid running back in the NFL, so paying him would change the market.
With 295 carries for 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns, Saquon Barkley has had a stellar 2022. He made 16 starts, looking better than in previous seasons.
Barkley wants to profit from his successful 2022. He needs to have one of the top salaries in the league if the Giants are to re-sign him. If they don’t, another team might try to use Barkley as their main offensive weapon.