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The New York Giants have recently locked up two of their marquee offensive playmakers.
Daniel Jones was signed to a four-year deal, and Saquon Barkley was franchise tagged.
With these additions in mind, the Giants can attack the offseason, targeting any other needs that their team might have.
For Barkley, however, it appears that the Giants are looking to extend him beyond the 2023 season, per NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano.
It’s possible the franchise tag will only be a place-holder for RB Saquon Barkley. A source said the Giants are hopeful of signing him to a long-term deal sooner than later.
The sides have some work to do. They weren’t close in numbers while the Giants worked on Jones’ deal.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RalphVacchiano) March 7, 2023
In Vacchiano’s words, “It’s possible the franchise tag will only be a place-holder for RB Saquon Barkley.”
For many teams, the franchise tag is just something to put in place while they are working on a long-term deal.
It appears that is the Giants approach as both parties are said to be far apart in terms of what his contract will look like.
Barkley had the fourth-most rushing yards in the league in 2022, and his ten rushing touchdowns were a top-ten number among running backs.
His impact on the Giants is clearly felt.
Keeping Barkley on the roster not only boosts the Giants’ rushing attack, but it’s helpful for Jones as well.
With a dual-threat quarterback, and a dynamic offensive player like Barkley, the Giants will keep teams guessing during the 2023 season.
Even if the Giants and Barkley aren’t able to get a long-term deal worked out, the good news for them is that he will be on the roster for one more year.
After a season in which the Giants unexpectedly made the playoffs, they need all the offensive stability that they can get if they want to repeat that success.
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