Are Saquon Barkley’s days numbered with the Giants?
The New York Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman have to decide whether or not they’re going to pick up the fifth-year option for star running back Saquon Barkley who is heading into the fourth year of his rookie deal.
Barkley will make over $10 million in 2021 and his fifth-year option would pay him about $7.2 million in 2022.
During a Zoom call this week, Gettleman didn’t sound sold on exercising Barkley’s option.
“I think [his health] part of the discussion,” Gettleman said, via Yahoo! Sports. “Obviously we’re gonna have to make a decision this spring whether we pick up his fifth-year option. But certainly, it’s unknown, and what you have to do is get your trainer and your doctors involved.”
Aside from tearing his ACL in 2020 where he missed just about the entire season, he also missed three games in 2019 due to a high ankle sprain. So his health should be a concern.
I’m not saying it would easy to replace a talent like Barkley, but it wouldn’t be hard to find a serviceable running back to win with. With the Giants still rebuilding, tying up at huge amount of money in the running back position may not make sense.
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