Monday’s deadline has passed and none of the league’s three running backs – Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants, Tony Pollard of the Dallas Cowboys or Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Riders – have signed long-term contracts. .
All three must now play out the upcoming season on their franchise deals, worth just over $10 million for running backs.
What does the immediate future look like for the three?
Pollard has already signed his offer with the Cowboys. League insiders don’t think there will be a problem with Jacobs signing his tender with Vegas. On the other hand, the situation with barley could get ugly very soon.
Sources close to the situation told me on Tuesday that giants could have a real fight on their hands and they expect Barkley to hold on for a significant period of time. I’m told the running back is not only disappointed that he couldn’t reach a long-term deal with the team, but also injured and Barkley feels disrespected.
It wasn’t GM Joe Schoen’s fault, according to those I spoke with.
Schoen was consistent from the start, telling Saquon Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones’ camps after the season as he hoped to work out deals for both players the most likely scenario was that the team signed a player for an extended contract while the other is expected to play under the franchise label.
Where are the giants in the Saquon Barkley negotiations?
I first reported from Senior Bowl practices last February that the franchise was working on an extended deal with Barkley. But when Daniel Jones agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal on April 5, the odds of the Giants signing Barkley to a long-term deal quickly dwindled.
The Giants hope that the situation does not become problematic. Barkley is someone the players respond to.
His work ethic and approach to the game were constantly applauded in the team locker room.