New York Giants Nov 8, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; A view of the helmet of New York Giants kicker Graham Gano (not pictured) next to a ball on the sidelines against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

At the beginning of the offseason, the New York Giants made a major move by signing quarterback Daniel Jones to a long-term contract, allowing the team to place a franchise tag on Saquon Barkley for the upcoming season. But it sounds like there’s at least a chance Barkley refuses to sign the franchise tag and sits out the entire season.

During a recent interview, Saquon Barkley certainly didn’t rule that out as a possibility, admitting “That’s a card I could play.”

“I think that’s a conversation, like you said, that’s a card I could play,” Barkley said according to the New York Daily News. “That comes up in conversation if something doesn’t get done by July 17. And we got a little bit of time in between there. So when that date comes up, then I’ll have to sit down with my team and my family and make decisions, see what we’re gonna do, what’s the game plan, what’s the next move.”

This comes as Barkley expressed frustration with the Giants front office due to leaks about the contract negotiations that he calls “misleading” and “untruthful,” claiming that the team has “tried to make me look like I’m greedy.”

It’s a pretty brutal situation for the New York Giants as they face the very real possibility of their star running back sitting out the season, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it.

There’s still a long way to go before any decisions have to be made, but this is certainly an interesting development.

[New York Daily News]