New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley made no secret about how he feels about his new contract with the Giants.
Barkley signed a one-year deal with the team worth $11 million, with a $2 million signing bonus, but that doesn’t mean he is thrilled about it.
Barkley wanted a long-term deal with the team which he obviously didn’t get and came close to sitting out the season.
Saquon Barkley on reporting to Giants camp and accepting a one-year deal:
"For this year specifically, the best thing that I could do for myself would be coming back, going out there and playing the game that I love, playing for my teammates." pic.twitter.com/CQLDLao9y6
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) July 27, 2023
But luckily for Giant fans, he changed his mind.
“I could sit here and lie to you and be like I wasn’t disappointed or I wasn’t this-and-that, but that would just be a flat-out lie, but I am mature enough to understand that it’s a business, understand that deals don’t get done every year, and specific to my position, we didn’t get a deal done,” the star Giants running back, 26, said Thursday from training camp.
Barkley did admit, however, he negotiated with the team out of good faith.
“Me and my team felt like we were in good faith trying to get a deal done, the Giants felt like they were in good faith trying to get a deal done and that’s life sometimes when it comes to an agreement,” he said.
Hopefully, for his sake and the Giants, this will pay off for both parties in the end.