Saquon Barkley Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) on the sidelines during second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The past few weeks and months have been quite tense between the New York Giants and star running back Saquon Barkley as the two sides have struggled to come to terms on a long-term deal to keep Barkley in New York. But in a pretty surprising turn of events, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday – and that deal has some surprising provisions.

The new contract has several incentives for Saquon Barkley to increase his compensation. But according to, all of those incentives are tied to one specific thing: a New York Giants playoff appearance.

“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.”

The incentives make sense for both parties who obviously both have aspirations of the team making the playoffs this upcoming season. We’ll have to see whether or not the team can make the postseason and make all parties happy.