The New York Giants and Saquon Barkley came to an agreement Tuesday that will keep the star running back from executing a holdout after the team slapped him with the franchise tag this March. Fans reacted to what that would mean for the Giants and Barkley going forward.
Barkley was upset last week after the Giants and his agent could not come up with a long-term deal to keep him in New York. Barkley threatened to hold out of training camp, and he joined other league running back’s to find a way to gain bargaining power.
The new contract seems to suffice Barkley for now. He can make up to $11 million with incentives but still faces the risk of having the franchise tag slapped on next season.
Fans react to Saquon Barkley’s new deal with the New York Giants
Fans took to Twitter to talk about Barkley’s new deal. Here are the best takes on Barkley’s new one-year contract.
Wow! Did not see that coming. Major drama averted on the eve of camp https://t.co/Ud2TIL3mlT
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) July 25, 2023
What a pleasant surprise https://t.co/gxAfdpbetM
— Big Game Bengal (@BengalYouTube) July 25, 2023
Interesting. He’s willing to play for $11M this year, but not $14M per year? Does he think he’s gonna get a better deal next year when he’s another year older as a running back? Whatever. I’m just happy he’ll be showing up and playing. Glad Schoen played hardball. https://t.co/to0Apb4ApC
— BQ (Brendan Q) (@BrendanQ_1999) July 25, 2023
Gave him 2 million cash to come into camp https://t.co/GydZcfm69H
— Marcus Johnson (@TheMarcJohnNFL) July 25, 2023
Lmao he did all that woofing for nothing and the owners knew that … https://t.co/WlxyXeKBFp
— ⚜️The B-U-N™⚜️ (@BayouBun) July 25, 2023
Now everyone can chill out and enjoy the season. Let’s Go! https://t.co/n8J5CrhQkw
— Dan Behan (@DBehan) July 25, 2023
— J.J. Lahey 🧀 Packers Talk (@JJLahey) July 25, 2023
So after all the bitching, moaning and hand ringing by NFL running backs, Barkley gets an extra $1 million above the franchise tag number he would’ve received? A whole million bucks. The NFL has the worst union in American history, and NFL running backs are all talk. https://t.co/PrW9J6IRyv
— President Of The Bill Belichick Fan Club (@hoodiussupremus) July 25, 2023
Other star RBs: “We will get fair wages so we are holding out”
— Maybe: Jacoby (@Getthebagcoach) July 25, 2023
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