NFL insiders proceed to reject the concept New York Giants working again Saquon Barkley will sit regular-season video games out to protest not receiving an improved contract.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini initially reported final week that Barkley’s “availability for Week 1 in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys shall be in critical query” if he remained on observe to play on the franchise tag value $10.091M via Monday’s deadline for groups to signal tagged gamers to long-term offers. As shared by Bleacher Report’s Paul Kasabian, Russini advised Ryen Russillo of The Ringer on Tuesday she’s satisfied Barkley will report in time to play versus Dallas though the 26-year-old hasn’t fully slammed the door shut on staying away from the Giants via Sept. 10.
“I have been round Saquon lots,” Russini defined. “He’s such a competitor and he cares, and he cares about his picture. And by the way in which, that is not a knock. I believe it is a praise to him as a result of it is about, he encompasses all of it. It isn’t nearly what he can do on the sector. He desires to be the face of the franchise, and it is necessary to him. So I do suppose in the long run, I believe he exhibits up. However I believe between from time to time, it will sway.”
Despite the fact that Monday’s deadline got here and went with out Barkley receiving a proposal to his liking, his representatives can proceed negotiating with the Giants as he skips coaching camp practices whereas retaining the tag unsigned. Professional Soccer Speak’s Mike Florio famous final month Barkley can nonetheless ask for greater than $10.091M connected to a one-year deal for the upcoming marketing campaign in return for reporting to coaching camp nicely earlier than Week 1. The 2018 first-round draft choose might additionally request that the Giants assure they will not use the franchise tag to retain his rights subsequent yr.
Russini, Florio and Giants legend Tiki Barber are among the many many members of the NFL group who count on Barkley will not forfeit even 1/seventeenth the worth of the franchise tag by voluntarily lacking a regular-season contest. On Tuesday, Russini made it recognized the Giants “consider that Saquon goes to point out up” for Week 1, so he could have to really show the crew unsuitable to win something of be aware after his representatives seemingly price him cash past what’s solely assured through the tag.