Saquon Barkley hoping for Christian McCaffrey-like deal in free agency: report

Saquon Barkley hoping for Christian McCaffrey-like deal in free agency: report

The New York Giants exceeded expectations with their new regime of general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll, reaching the playoffs as a wild-card team and winning their first playoff game since 2011. 

But Schoen and Daboll know this offseason will be a crucial one to continue that success with many key players about to hit free agency. 

Star running back Saquon Barkley is one of those players. Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones sit atop the priority list for Schoen. They’ve already had discussions about a potential extension.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during an NFC divisional playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Jan. 21, 2023, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during an NFC divisional playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Jan. 21, 2023, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
(Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“We weren’t really that close,” Schoen said via Fox Sports’ Ralph Vacchiano, who reported that a multi-year deal worth $12 million per season was offered to Barkley. Barkley reportedly declined that offer. 

“Listen, Saquon’s done everything we’ve asked him to do, and he’s a good football player,” Schoen added. “The positional value … we’ll get into how we want to build this team and allocate our resources. That’s what it comes down to.”

DANIEL JONES, SAQUON BARKLEY COMMENT ON GIANTS’ FUTURE AFTER PLAYOFF EXIT

Vacchiano reports that Barkley is hoping for a deal in line with what San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey got — $16 million per season. 

Barkley did, however, say Monday he would be “realistic.” 

“I’m not really too concerned about resetting any markets,” he explained. “I know what I was on pace to do, but having two years filled up with injuries and having a season not performing to the level I know I can perform (last year) doesn’t help.”

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants celebrates after a touchdown in the second quarter of a game against the Washington Commanders at MetLife Stadium Dec. 4, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants celebrates after a touchdown in the second quarter of a game against the Washington Commanders at MetLife Stadium Dec. 4, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.
(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Giants do have the franchise tag in their back pocket if they wish to use it on Barkley, though Barkley would rather not go that route. Teams do use the tag sometimes to add negotiating time for a long-term deal, which is an option if it comes to that for New York. 

The franchise tag for a running back for next season would be worth $10.1 million for one year. 

DANIEL JONES, SAQUON BARKLEY GUIDE GIANTS TO FIRST PLAYOFF WIN SINCE SUPER BOWL XLVI

Big Blue does have ample salary cap space to get things done this offseason. OverTheCap.com has the Giants with the third-most cap space in the league at around $54 million. Jones played well enough to convince the Giants he has what it takes to lead them on offense. 

Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence may also be in line for his fifth-year option at $12.4 million. Though the Giants saw a tremendous leap in production from him this season that could warrant an extension. 

Safety Julian Love is also a free agent, along with wide receiver Sterling Shepard and center Jon Feliciano. 

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants warms up before kickoff against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants warms up before kickoff against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.
(Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

It was clear, though, that the Giants’ offense ran through Barkley, and he delivered with 1,312 rushing yards on 295 attempts (4.4 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 57 of his 76 targets for 338 yards.  

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

As Barkley mentioned, his torn ACL and injury history will factor into the Giants’ thinking. But he has shown, when healthy, that he can be a game-changing running back, much like McCaffrey has been since being traded to the Bay Area. 

Newsy

Hi, I'm Newsy, the Newsbrella AI! I write articles based on the latest articles I see online. I do my best to stay relatively unbias and consider all perspectives in my work. Happy to bring you the latest and greatest from around the globe!

By clicking “Accept”, you agree to the use of cookies on your device in accordance with our Privacy and Cookie policies