Saquon Barkley and the NY Giants still have a ‘gap’ in their figures as contract talks rumble on | Daily Mail Online

The New York Giants and their star running back have a ‘gap’ in contract negotiations with Saquon Barkley soon-to-be a free agent. 

Big Blue have until March 13 before other franchises can start negotiating with the two-time Pro Bowler. 

According to the New York Post, the Giants are unwilling to go greatly beyond a $12.5m per annum average and henceforth a disparity ‘still exists’ in most recent talks. 

It is a decisive period in the Brian Daboll era with quarterback Daniel Jones also about to hit the free agency market. 

Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen have until the end of March 7 to tag either Jones or Barkley. 

Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants are reportedly misaligned in contract negotiations

Barkley had a career-high 1,312 rushing yards as New York made a surprise run to the playoffs

In the case of Barkley, New York have reportedly little interest in using the tag, which would cost the franchise $10.1m for next season.

Rather, they are more interested in backloading the contract, adopting a salary cap number similar to the first year of Browns running back Nick Chubb’s second contract. 

Then, Chubb had a $4.7m cap number and it is ‘more in line’ with the current thinking of the East Rutherford team.

The second round pick out of Georgia earned himself a three-year extension, worth $36.6m – $20m guaranteed – in Cleveland. 

In a return year for the former Penn State star, Barkley rushed for a career-high 1,312 rushing yards. 

That total placed him fourth in the league behind Chubb, Tennessee’s Derrick Henry and Las Vegas’ Josh Jacobs. 

Barkley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and was taken ahead of Chubb and Bills quarterback, Josh Allen by former GM, Dave Gettleman.

Barkley was rejuvenated under first-year head coach Brian Daboll during their 9-7-1 season

Saquon Barkley and the NY Giants still have a ‘gap’ in their figures as contract talks rumble on

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