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The NFL world woke up on July 25th to some unexpected news.
There has been a new development in this situation after a whirlwind of running back controversy and news of a meeting between some of the league’s top running backs.
Ian Rapoport says the New York Giants have officially signed Saquon Barkley to a new contract.
Surprise! 🚨 🚨 🚨
The #Giants and star RB Saquon Barkley agreed to terms on a new 1-year deal worth up to $11M, sources say, as Barkley gives himself a chance to beat the franchise tag. He gets a $2M signing bonus.
Bottom line: Barkley is coming in & will be at training camp. pic.twitter.com/A5PR7RWLfQ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2023
As Rapoport highlights, this new deal is worth $11 million, which includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Giants fans are likely waking up with a smile, given their franchise star will return to training camp.
The main question is, how were the Giants able to pull this off?
After failing to sign him after the franchise tag deadline, it appeared that Barkley would either play under the tag or sit out for the entire 2023 season.
Regardless of the additional details to come later, the bottom line is that Barkley is back.
This is excellent news for the Giants organization, given the public unhappiness Barkley expressed and the criticism they received.
How will Barkley’s on-field performance correspond with this new situation?
He finished the 2022 campaign with 1,312 rushing yards and ten touchdowns.
If he can finish the 2023 season anywhere close to those numbers, the Giants will surely be satisfied with their latest investment.
Now that Barkley has signed a deal with the Giants, where does that leave Josh Jacobs and the Las Vegas Raiders?
Jacobs was also franchise-tagged but couldn’t agree with the Raiders.
Barkley’s deal could be a catalyst for Jacobs.
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