I don’t see Saquon Barkley holding out
New York Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley is coming off of a torn ACL that he suffered early on during the 2020 NFL season.
Chris Roling of Bleacher Report has listed Barkley as a possible hold out this offseason. Below is a portion of what he wrote:
As the second overall pick, Barkley stands to have a sound $10 million cap hit in 2021 before a fifth-year option that would put him in the $7.2 million range. But the post-third year window is something of the norm for premier running backs and extensions given the brutal nature of the position—and Barkley’s injury could motivate this even more.
It will be interesting to see if Barkley settles for a longer-term deal for security purposes or if he aims for a market-resetting number. He’s talented enough to do so, and he could argue he’s a critical part of the equation for a team still trying to rebuild around Daniel Jones with head coach Joe Judge at the controls.
I would be shocked if Barkley holds out. I know he’s a great running back, but his health hasn’t been on his side so far during his career and there is no way that the Giants would give in to him if he holds out because he has to prove that he can stay healthy and consistently produce at a high level.
You also have to remember that running backs aren’t at a premium like other positions. It might even make sense for the Giants to let Barkley walk as a free agent or trade him before he hits the open market.
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