The New York Giants and Saquon Barkley are in agreement on a one-year $11 million contract for the 2023 NFL season. The move comes after Barkley, as well as Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and Tony Pollard of the Dallas Cowboys were all franchise tagged by their respective teams. Their situations have brought attention to the fact that running backs are not valued by teams, something that they hope to change.
Surprise! 🚨 🚨 🚨
The #Giants and star RB Saquon Barkley agreed to terms on a new 1-year deal worth up to $11M, sources say, as Barkley gives himself a chance to beat the franchise tag. He gets a $2M signing bonus.
Bottom line: Barkley is coming in & will be at training camp. pic.twitter.com/A5PR7RWLfQ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2023
As Ian Rapoport notes above, if Barkley hits all incentives in his contract, he will be able to make more than the $10.1 million franchise tag.
And most importantly for the Giants and their fans, he is reporting to training camp.
How The New York Giants and Saquon Barkley May Influence the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Jones
Next season, Aaron Jones is set to make $17.7 million from the Green Bay Packers. The likelihood that he actually makes this amount of money is highly unlikely. Green Bay can save approximately $5.3 million by cutting him after the 2023 season.
That being said, the Packers could be motivated to renegotiate a new deal with Jones if he remains healthy and productive this season. After the 2024 season, Jones will still count against the Packers’ salary cap in 2025-2027 due to the void years added to his contract through their various restructures.
Then again, the Packers rarely keep running backs around for long. Jones is already the longest-tenured running back the Packers have had since Ahman Green, who played seven seasons with the Packers before departing for the Houston Texans. Of course, Green returned to Green Bay for his final NFL season after two years with the Texans.
In other words, it is highly likely that, unless Jones is willing to take another massive pay cut, 2023 will be his final season with Green Bay.