RB - New York Giants
The Giants and Saquon Barkley’s representatives reportedly had a ‘good (initial) meeting’ on Wednesday at the NFL Combine
According to Anderson, both sides remain open to a new deal. Either way, Barkley is expected to explore his options in free agency.
Giants GM Joe Schoen said that using the franchise tag on Saquon Barkley is not "off the table."
Schoen acknowledged that he understands Barkley wants a fair deal. Adam Schefter had just reported on Monday that the Giants were unlikely to use the tag on Barkley, so this remains a situation to monitor.
The Giants will speak with free-agent-to-be running back Saquon Barkley and explore a deal with him, but they are also unlikely to tag him for $12,109,200.
The Giants weren't expected to place the franchise tag again on Barkley, and this report confirms that to be the case. The two sides will attempt to explore a new deal, but Barkley will likely talk to other teams as well in free agency.
Saquon Barkley rushed for just 39 yards on 12 carries and caught 3 of 6 targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 26-25 loss to the Rams.
After rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown in Week 16, Barkley had his rushing yardage cut in half and failed to score in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Barkley has had a decent season, as he's averaged 70.4 rushing yards per game while scoring eight total touchdowns across 13 games to this point. Still, it's been a fairly lackluster output for his fantasy managers given Barkley's typical upside.
Saquon Barkley was a limited participant at practice on Wednesday.
Barkley saw 26 touches in Monday's loss against the Eagles. He will remain a volume-based RB1 this week.