Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) breaks a tackle by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Zach Cunningham (52) for a rushing touchdown during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles welcome RB Saquon Barkley with $37.75M deal

The Philadelphia Eagles welcomed running back Saquon Barkley back to the Keystone State on Wednesday.

Barkley starred at Penn State before playing the last six seasons with the NFC East rival New York Giants.

The 27-year-old free agent agreed to a three-year deal worth a reported $37.75 million. His $12.583 million annual average salary ranks fourth among NFL running backs, per Spotrac.

Barkley rushed for 962 yards and six touchdowns in 14 starts last season, just shy of his fourth 1,000-yard season. In his final appearance for the Giants, he posted 97 yards from scrimmage and two scores in a 27-10 victory over the Eagles in Week 18.

Barkley gained 865 yards (615 rushing, 250 receiving) with seven TDs in nine career games against Philadelphia.

Drafted No. 2 overall in 2018, Barkley won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and made two Pro Bowls with New York. He ranks fourth in franchise history with 5,211 rushing yards in 74 starts.

Barkley replaces D’Andre Swift, who finished fifth in the NFL with a career-high 1,049 rushing yards during his lone season with the Eagles in 2023. Swift, who signed with the Chicago Bears, had replaced Miles Sanders, who ranked fifth in the NFL with a career-best 1,269 rushing yards for Philadelphia in 2022.

Barkley’s front-loaded deal reportedly includes $25.5 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $11.625 million. Only $1.5 million of his $12 million base salary for the 2026 season is guaranteed.

He was an All-American and a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at Penn State, where he rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns in three seasons (2015-17).

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) takes the field at MetLife Stadium, Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Giants GM says franchise tag for Saquon Barkley still a possibility

INDIANAPOLIS — The odds are against the New York Giants using the franchise tag on running back Saquon Barkley, but general manager Joe Schoen said the team still considers it a possibility.

“I wouldn’t say the franchise tag is off the table, no,” Schoen said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Using the franchise tag on Barkley for a second straight year would cost $12.1 million, a number Schoen noted is not much more — approximately $200,000 more — than if the team were to put the franchise tag on a running back for the first time.

“The salary cap changes your philosophy on how you’re going to attack things. That’s not off the table,” Schoen said. “We don’t want to do it. In a perfect world, we don’t want to do that again.”

It also likely would not sit well with Barkley, 27, who has made it clear for more than a year that he does not want to be tagged. After totaling a career-high 1,312 rushing yards in 16 games in 2022, he and the Giants couldn’t come to an agreement on a long-term deal and Barkley settled for an adjusted franchise tag in the offseason.

At the end of the 2023 season, Barkley said he was “numb” to the possibility of being hit with the franchise tag for a second time and was skipping the Giants’ open-door policy exit interviews.

“I went through the whole process last year. We talked more than enough last year, to be honest. I’m gonna let my agents handle that,” Barkley said in January.

Schoen said Tuesday the team already has plans to meet with Barkley’s representatives this week.

“The conversation, the plan all along, was to meet here in Indy and have those discussions about how we’re going to move forward with him,” Schoen said. “He’s a guy we’d like to have back. So, those conversations will take place this week, and we’ll see if we can get something done with him.”

Schoen acknowledged the past struggles over the franchise tag with Barkley but expressed optimism about coming to an agreement with the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

“I think we’ve all grown, Saquon, myself, the organization, through the last 12, 13, 14 months,” Schoen said, noting that Barkley’s new agent, Ed Berry, is someone they have a “really good” relationship with.

“Saquon may be in a different place now than he was then in terms of understanding the market and the business side of it. I’m looking forward to having those conversations with him.”

Drafted by the Giants with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley started all 14 games he played in last season, rushing for 962 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 41 passes for 280 yards and four scores.

In six seasons with the Giants, Barkley has rushed for 5,211 yards and 35 touchdowns on 1,201 carries in 74 games (all starts). He also has 288 receptions for 2,100 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Nov 12, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (8) reacts after getting first down against the New York Jets during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Likely no franchise tags for RBs Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley, Tony Pollard

The free-agent market for running backs this offseason is expected to be extraordinarily deep, with no franchise tags likely for numerous running backs, including Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard, according to a report by ESPN Monday.

With a franchise tag cost of $14,149,200, the Las Vegas Raiders are not expected to give it to Jacobs but are expected to try to re-sign the 2022 NFL rushing champion.

Jacobs has 5,545 rushing yards in 73 games since being drafted by the then-Oakland Raiders in the first round in 2018, including 1,101 yards from scrimmage (805 rushing, 296 receiving) and six touchdowns in 13 starts in 2023.

The New York Giants are reportedly unlikely to use the franchise tag on Barkley, which would cost $12,109,200.

The Giants are, however, expected to explore a deal with Barkley, who at the end of last season said he was “numb” to the possibility of being hit with the franchise tag for a second time and was skipping the Giants’ open-door policy exit interviews.

“I went through the whole process last year. We talked more than enough last year, to be honest. I’m gonna let my agents handle that,” Barkley said after the last game of the season.

Barkley started all 14 games he played in last season, rushing for 962 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 41 passes for 280 yards and four scores.

The Dallas Cowboys are also expected to pass on a $12,109,200 franchise tag for Pollard, according to ESPN. The Cowboys took Pollard in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. In 79 career regular-season games (23 starts), Pollard has 3,621 rushing yards, 1,319 receiving yards and 28 combined touchdowns.

Other running backs expected in the free-agent market include A.J. Dillon, J.K. Dobbins, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Gus Edwards, Austin Ekeler, Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Zack Moss and Devin Singletary.

Although several top running backs complained last offseason about being underpaid, they aren’t likely to grab enormous sums of money, with many teams still unwilling to pay big for running backs, despite a major increase in the NFL salary cap this year.

The league’s free-agent signing period opens March 13.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is shown after scoring a touchdown and giving the ball to Harrison Isaacs (background), 6. Harrison traveled with his father Christoper Isaacs (background) to attend his first NFL game, Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley ‘numb’ to tag, skips exit interview

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley said Monday that he’s “numb” to the prospects of being hit with the franchise tag again and added that he’s skipping the team’s open-door policy exit interviews.

“I went through the whole process last year. We talked more than enough last year, to be honest. I’m gonna let my agents handle that,” Barkley said Monday, adding that the team knows where to find him.

Giants head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen held their own season-ending press conference and addressed multiple pressing topics, including Barkley’s future with the team.

Barkley will become an unrestricted free agent in March and he’s staring down another tag from the Giants.

“They did it last year. So I’m numb to it,” Barkley said. “I don’t have any feelings toward that at all. If you’re gonna do it, just don’t wait until March 5. Just get it over with. If not, let me go. Simple.”

Schoen said Monday that he and Barkley will talk.

“That’s a tool we have at our disposal,” Schoen said of applying the franchise tag. “I’m not saying we will or we won’t. A lot of those conversations will be had in the next month or so.”

Barkley started all 14 games he played in, rushing for 962 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 41 passes for 280 yards and 4 scores. Barkley scored two touchdowns in the Giants’ 27-10 win over the rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday to finish the season at 6-11.

“If it is my last game playing here — if it is — it was a fun six years,” Barkley said Sunday. “Made a lot of great memories, but it’s not like the last time I’m ever playing football. I can’t control that, so I’m not letting my emotions. If I knew that it was my last game, I probably would feel a little different but like I said, I have no idea.”

Schoen also said the Giants are planning to have four of the top 70 picks in the 2024 draft and ample space to maneuver in free agency.

He didn’t have a precise update on the health of quarterback Daniel Jones, but repeated earlier comments that Jones is not a lock to be ready for the start of the 2024 season. The Giants plan to address the quarterback position in the offseason behind Jones, Schoen said.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) regains his balance on this run against the Bills.

As trade deadline nears, Saquon Barkley wants to remain with Giants

With the NFL trade deadline looming, Giants star running back Saquon Barkley went on record as saying he wants to remain in New York.

“Sitting here everyone knows how I feel. Everyone knows I don’t want to get traded,” Barkley told reporters Thursday. “I don’t think anyone in their right mind would want to get traded anywhere. It’s not an easy thing to do. You have to move. I have a family. I would love to be here.”

The trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 31.

With the last-place Giants (1-5) preparing for Sunday’s matchup with the visiting Washington Commanders (3-3) — and Barkley set to be a free agent after the season — trading him could be a win-win for Barkley and the organization.

“That never crossed my mind,” the two-time Pro Bowl selection said. “Obviously I’ve been public and vocal about how I feel about this organization and where I want to be. But like I said, knowing the business and seeing that side of it, there are a lot of things that I can’t control.”

Barkley, 26, hasn’t discussed anything trade-related with his personal team. The Giants also have the option to use the franchise tag for a second straight year.

“My focus is to be the leader I can be for this team and get this thing on the right track,” Barkley said.

Selected by the Giants with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft, Barkley has 207 rushing yards and a touchdown on 53 carries this season.

He missed three games with a high ankle sprain, then rushed for 93 yards on 24 carries in Sunday’s 14-9 loss to the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Barkley played all 17 games last season and totaled a career-high 1,312 rushing yards. But he and the Giants couldn’t come to an agreement on a long-term deal, as he settled for an adjusted franchise tag.

In six seasons with the Giants, Barkley has rushed for 4,456 yards and 30 touchdowns on 1,007 carries in 63 games (all starts). He also has 260 receptions for 1,866 yards and nine touchdowns.

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September 21, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley inactive vs. Dolphins

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley has been ruled out of his third straight game due to an ankle injury.

Barkley officially was listed as questionable on Friday to face the host Miami Dolphins before being deemed inactive for Sunday’s game.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection injured his ankle during New York’s game-winning drive in a 31-28 road win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 17. He then sat out the Giants’ 30-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers four days later and again in a 24-3 setback to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

With Barkley inactive, New York (1-3) will lean on running backs Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell against Miami (3-1). Quarterback Daniel Jones leads the Giants in rushing with 173 yards.

Barkley has 114 yards on 29 carries with touchdown in his abbreviated season. He’s added 41 receiving yards and a score.

Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas will miss his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury. Fellow offensive linemen Shane Lemieux and John Michael Schmitz joined linebacker Micah McFadden, safety Gervarrius Owens and defensive lineman Jordon Riley in being listed as inactive for the Giants.

The Dolphins tabbed Skylar Thompson as the team’s third quarterback. They also listed the following players as inactive: wide receiver Chase Claypool, cornerback Kelvin Joseph, linebacker Jaelan Phillips, running back Salvon Ahmed and nose tackle Brandon Pili.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Sept. 17, 2023.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) questionable vs. Dolphins

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is questionable to return Sunday against the host Miami Dolphins after missing the last two contests due to an ankle injury.

Giants coach Brian Daboll told reporters prior to Friday’s practice that the team is in no rush to make a decision on Barkley’s playing status.

“We’ll talk about it after practice, see what he does out here today, see how he feels, and then we talk about after practice, we talk about it in the evening, talk about it tomorrow,” Daboll said. “So, we’ll let it go as far as we can let it go.”

Barkley, who was limited in Friday’s practice, injured his ankle during New York’s game-winning drive in a 31-28 road win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 17. He then sat out the Giants’ 30-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers four days later and again in a 24-3 setback to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

Should Barkley sit out again, New York (1-3) will lean on running backs Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell against Miami (3-1). Quarterback Daniel Jones leads the Giants in rushing with 173 yards.

Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas will miss his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury. Fellow offensive linemen Shane Lemieux (groin) and John Michael Schmitz (shoulder) joined Thomas in sitting out practice on Friday and were ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Tight end Daniel Bellinger (knee) and linebacker Micah McFadden (ankle) were listed as questionable.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Sept. 17, 2023.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley game-time decision vs. Seahawks

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley will be a game-time decision for Monday night’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, coach Brian Daboll said Saturday.

Barkley sustained an ankle injury during New York’s game-winning drive in a 31-28 road win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 17. He then sat out the Giants’ 30-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers four days later.

Despite missing that game, Barkley leads New York (1-2) with 155 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

“Saquon will practice, do a little bit more,” Daboll said on Saturday. “We’ll see where he’s at and take it right up to game time.”

Should Barkley sit out again, the Giants will lean on running backs Matt Brieda and Gary Brightwell against the Seahawks (2-1).

Daboll also announced Saturday that offensive tackle Andrew Thomas will miss his third straight game due to a hamstring injury.

“Andrew won’t (play on Monday),” Daboll said. “He practiced a little bit in individual two days ago, just wasn’t feeling right, didn’t practice him yesterday. He won’t make the game.”

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September 21, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) doing individual drills

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is participating in individual drills at Thursday’s practice.

Head coach Brian Daboll said the team will see how Barkley’s right ankle holds up before taking the next step.

Thursday was New York’s first practice ahead of Monday night’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Barkley, 26, suffered an ankle sprain in Week 2 toward the end of the Giants’ victory at Arizona.

Initial reports said he was expected to miss three weeks, but Daboll has called Barkley “a quick healer.”

Barkley missed time with ankle injuries in 2019 and 2021. His 2020 season ended with a torn ACL in Week 2.

Through two games, Barkley leads the Giants (1-2) with 155 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Sept. 17, 2023.

Saquon Barkley day-to-day, Giants off until Thursday

Running back Saquon Barkley is considered day-to-day as the New York Giants return to work in preparation for a Monday night home game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Giants coach Brian Daboll said Barkley won’t do much in Tuesday’s “jog-through” session. The team will take Wednesday off and return Thursday, when they will release their first injury report for the week.

“But he’s really now, I’d say, in the day-to-day category,” Daboll said of the former No. 2 overall pick. “Feels a lot better today, but we’ll kind of take that all the way throughout the week and see how he improves.”

Barkley, 26, suffered an ankle sprain in Week 2 toward the end of the Giants’ 31-28 road win over the Arizona Cardinals. Reports said Barkley was expected to miss three weeks, but Daboll called Barkley “a quick healer.”

He wasn’t back in time to face the San Francisco 49ers on a short week. New York lost 30-12 without him last Thursday with Matt Breida carrying the load at running back.

Barkley missed time with ankle injuries in 2019 and 2021. His 2020 season was also cut short due to a torn ACL in Week 2.

“To me I think every injury is different, even though it’s the same body part,” Daboll said Tuesday. “Let him rehab, let him get with the trainers, get a feel for where he’s at. Let’s talk to the trainers and see where they are at with his injury and then make the decision when it comes time to make the decision, but he’s getting better. We’ll see how it goes.”

Through two games, Barkley has rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries and caught nine passes for 41 yards and another score.

Daboll said left guard Ben Bredeson cleared concussion protocol and left tackle Andrew Thomas (hamstring) is doing “better” after missing back-to-back games.

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