Saquon Barkley seems to realize that Sunday may be his final game in a New York Giants uniform. On Wednesday, Barkley voiced his desire to get a deal done to be a "Giant for life," but knows it is not only up to him.
"I just want something that is fair. ... But like I said, I get it, it’s a business. If it’s not here, hopefully it’s some other place," Barkley said.
Barkley is wrapping up his sixth season in the NFL and understands he needs to lock down a long-term deal. The Penn State product played this season on a one-year, $10.1 million fully guaranteed with up to $11 million in incentives.
Despite missing three games, the 26-year-old has recorded 229 carries for 916 yards and four touchdowns in 2023. Additionally, he's snagged 39 receptions for 229 yards with another four receiving scores. Barkley owns the big-play ability as both a ball carrier or pass-catcher, showcasing his natural talent.
If the Giants were to franchise tag Barkley again, the 2024 cap hit would be at $12.1 million. This is a scenario that he would like to avoid completely.
"I don't think any player wants to get franchise tagged," Barkley said. "Sometimes the franchise tag is a placeholder to be able to work on a deal later. In my case, it wasn't last year. So, if I got tagged again, I think I could give you a better answer or talk about my emotions at that time if it does happen."
Regardless of Sunday's outcome, Barkley understands his time in New York may be ticking.