Saquon Barkley Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

After months of a contractural standoff between the New York Giants and star running back Saquon Barkley, the two sides surprisingly agreed to a one-year deal that pays Barkley slightly more than he would have made playing on a franchise tag this season. But in order for Barkley to get the most out of his contract, the team must make it to the postseason.

The new contract offers Saquon Barkley multiple incentives to potentially increase his compensation. But according to, he will not be able to capitalize on any of those incentives unless the New York Giants also make the playoffs this year – which isn’t exactly completely in his control.

“In a surprise compromise, Barkley and the Giants have essentially agreed to replace the franchise tag value with a new 1-year deal worth up to $11 million, including a $2 million signing bonus, an individual with knowledge of the situation told on Tuesday morning,” Art Stapleton wrote for

“None of the incentives trigger if the Giants fail to reach the playoffs, the individual said.”

It’s a pretty brutal move against Barkley to tie all of his incentives to a team accomplishment, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on social media.

In addition to the contract provisions, Barkley can also still be franchise-tagged next year.

All in all, it’s not a great deal for Barkley.

[Art Stapleton]