The New York Giants and running back Saquon Barkley failed to come to terms on a deal in their contract negotiations before Monday afternoon’s deadline, leaving both sides in a bad spot going forward. But what makes things even more frustrating is just how close both sides got to a long-term deal that would have kept him in New York for years to come.
According to a report from the New York Post, the Giants’ final offer to Saquon Barkley was within $1 or $2 million of his asking price – which is relatively small considering the size of the contract. But neither side was willing to budge any further.
“The Giants’ final three-year offer was in the ballpark of $11 million to $11.5 million per year with guarantees between $22 million and $23 million, multiple sources told the Post. Those numbers were all within $1 million to $2 million on both ends of Barkley’s reduced asking price,” Ryan Dunleavy wrote for the New York Post.
“Either way, the numbers were close enough that common ground seems easy to find with incentives over the first two years, but both sides felt that they had budged as much as they could.”
The two sides were close, but there’s now a chance Barkley doesn’t even play for the team this season.