Saquon Barkley discusses future with Giants after playoff loss to Eagles

Saquon Barkley discusses future with Giants after playoff loss to Eagles

Saquon Barkley discusses future with Giants after playoff loss to Eagles

Moments after his team’s 38-7 loss to the Eagles on Saturday night, Saquon Barkley was asked about his future with the Giants heading into the offseason.

A former first-round pick, Barkley is set to become a free agent when the league’s new year kicks off on March 16. Although he’s unsure whether or not he’ll be back with the team, the two-time Pro Bowl running back expressed optimism about his future with Big Blue.

“I can’t imagine this being my last time in a Giants uniform,” Barkley said after his team’s loss in the playoffs. via NFL media.

The 2022 season was a big one for Barkley, who played at the Pro Bowl level after injuries dogged him the previous two seasons. This season, Barkley rushed for a career-high 1,312 yards. He also ran for 10 scores while catching 57 passes for 338 yards in 16 regular season games.

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Barkley was instrumental in the Giants’ upset victory over the Vikings on Super Wild Card Weekend. He had two rushing touchdowns while totaling 109 all-purpose yards on 14 touches. Barkley has 82 yards on 11 touches against the Eagles. His 39-yard run helped set up the Giants’ lone touchdown.

“I wanted to show them that the guy they drafted is still there,” barley said. “I hope I did that. Everyone knows I would love to be a Giant for life, but I really can’t give 100% answers. This week I’ll be having a chat with my agent. Kim and I’ll see what happens.”

Barkley undoubtedly increased his market value last season. His market value is currently projected at $47.8 million over four years on an annual salary of just under $12 million per year, according to Spotrac. While that salary wouldn’t elevate his status as one of the highest-paid running backs in the league, it would make him the ninth running back to earn a salary that earns him at least $10 million per season.

Christian McCaffrey currently paces all running backs in average salary at just over $16 million. Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook complete the list of running backs who earn $15 million a year. Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones and Joe Mixon are the only other running backs who currently average at least $12 million per season. Barkley has proven this season that, when healthy, his talent commands similar compensation.

The Giants have the cap space they want if they decide to invest more in Barkley. The Giants currently have the third-highest cap space in the NFL and the most in the ultra-competitive NFC East.

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