The New York Giants made the tough decision to extend Daniel Jones while placing the franchise tag on Saquon Barkley.
Since then, the star running back has yet to sign the franchise tender, which has prevented him from participating in early team activities.
However, Saquon Barkley was recently asked about his contract situation and he shared a nonchalant response that has the fanbase a bit concerned.
According to Christian Gonzales, Barkley is in no rush to sign an extension. He points out there is still plenty of time between now and the July 17 deadline.
“Where do I stand with the Giants right now? It’s like what someone said the other day … it’s still April. I haven’t had conversations with (Giants general manager) Joe (Schoen) too much. So the best way I can handle it is to keep working. Whatever happens, happens.”
From a technical standpoint, Barkley is right. On top of that, it’s not like he’s just lounging around and waiting either.
The Giants running back is still putting in some work during the offseason despite the fact he’s not currently with the team. He’s just focused on what he can control right now, per Christian Gonzales.
“There are things I can’t really control right now. All I can control is how I will wake up every morning and stay with my goals and my passion. Even though I may not be with the team right now and not in the building, I don’t think anyone with the Giants is concerned about my work ethic and my teammates aren’t worried about how I’m preparing.”
Even so, Saquon Barkley’s nonchalant approach toward his contract situation has Giants fans a bit uneasy.
Unfortunate for the giants cause he's there whole offense
— R (@Raidersyuh) April 23, 2023
He, in fact, did.
No way he said that
— Not Ivy ✞ (@Prince6Ivy) April 24, 2023
Meanwhile, plenty of other fanbases are ready for their team to trade for him.
Trade for him #Bills
— Buffalo Bills Talk (@nfl_profootball) April 23, 2023
Sitting out a whole season would be the worst-case scenario for both Barkley and the Giants.
He has zero bargaining power. All you people saying he's an Eagle, a Dolphin, a Bear of whatever need to go look up what a franchise tag is. If he wants to sit out the season he can go right ahead. See how that worked out for Le'Veon Bell.
— Joe (@Stoney_Holiday) April 24, 2023
For now, Saquon Barkley remains without a long-term contract. Perhaps he will reach an agreement with the Giants after the NFL Draft.
At the very least, that seems to be a probable outcome.