The New York Giants are rolling into the offseason with questions surrounding their best player, Saquon Barkley. He's scheduled to hit the open market in March after being slapped with the franchise tag in 2023.
Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux was a guest on the 7PM in Brooklyn podcast with Carmelo Anthony and The Kid Mero and he made some interesting comments about New York's decision to pay Daniel Jones over Barkley last offseason.
Thibodeaux did say he believes in Jones but thinks New York should have given Barkley a deal first.
"Tell you what I'm mad at, and it's the only thing I'll say about that. What I'm mad about is that Saquon [Barkley], because if you look at the game, the tape, Saquon was responsible for at least 30% of our explosive plays – talking about the year we won the playoff game. So for me and for the integrity of working together and hard work, and we all believe the same things, I feel like Saquon should have got paid first. That's what I feel."
The Giants gave Jones a four-year, $160 million with $92 million guaranteed. The Duke product was struggling in 2023 prior to tearing his ACL in November.
Barkley, on the other hand, signed a one-year deal for $10.1 million before the 2023 campaign. The 26-year-old has been the Giants' best offensive weapon since being drafted in 2018. Through six seasons, Barkley notched 5,211 rushing yards, 2,100 receiving yards, and 47 total touchdowns.
Who knows if Barkley will return to the Big Apple but if he does depart, the Giants will have some huge shoes to fill on the offensive side.
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