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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley had a low-key response recently when asked about a possible contract extension.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Barkley told reporters.

It appears things are moving along for him, however.

Now that the 2023 NFL Draft is over, the team can concentrate on owner John Mara’s goal of making Barkley a mainstay in the organization.

According to ESPN, the two parties will “reconvene” in hopes of coming to an agreement on a deal that works.

Since Barkley didn’t sign the non-exclusive franchise tag, the team has until July 17 to work out a long-term deal. He also wasn’t invited to the voluntary offseason workout program set forth by the Giants. Despite that, he was able to join quarterback Daniel Jones and the offensive group to work out.

Jones signed a four-year, $160-million extension with the Giants this offseason. He had just beaten the franchise tag deadline.

Barkley knows some of these things are out of his control.

“All I can control is how I will wake up every morning and stay with my goals and my passion,” Barkley said. “Even though I may not be with the team right now and not in the building, I don’t think anyone with the Giants is concerned about my work ethic and my teammates aren’t worried about how I’m preparing.”

Both Mara and Barkley remain on the same page about wanting to have the two-time Pro Bowl player in a Giants uniform for the remainder of his career.


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