NFL Rumors: Giants Franchise Tag Running Back Saquon Barkley

Barkley played 16 games for the Giants last season


Mar 7, 2023

The New York Giants followed up on their retaining of quarterback Daniel Jones on Tuesday.

After agreeing to a four-year extension with Jones, the Giants reportedly used their franchise tag on running back Saquon Barkley, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. New York applying the non-exclusive tag — worth $10.1 million for 2023 — came just in time before the 4 p.m. ET. deadline for teams across the league.

Initially, Barkley was a threat to hit the open market, after playing under his fifth-year option from his rookie contract in 2022.

The Giants now have until July 15 to, like Jones, lock Barkley up to a long-term contract. Otherwise, the 26-year-old will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent in 2024. But for now, the Giants, who finished third in the NFC East last season, crossed off a few major bullet points on the agenda this offseason by keeping a pair of franchise cornerstones for next season.

The Penn State product broke out in the league in a dominant fashion. During Barkley’s rookie season, he totaled 1,312 rushing yards. But then he endured a series of injuries, such as his sprained ankle in 2019 and torn ACL in 2020, setting back the two-time Pro Bowler.

Last season, on the other hand, was a major jump for Barkley. He notched a new career-high with 1,312 rushing yards — which ranked fourth in the NFL — with 10 touchdowns and one fumble through 16 games played.

This ultimately made tagging Barkley a no-brainer for a Giants team fresh off a divisional round loss following five consecutive playoff misses.

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