Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants failed to reach a multi-year deal by the deadline, leaving the worst-case scenarios on the table. Barkley confirmed the news on Twitter, expressing his disappointment. As a result, he will play on the one-year, $10.09 million franchise tag. However, Saquon Barkley has refused to sign the tender, leading to a potential holdout that could disrupt the Giants’ season.

Barkley’s absence would not only create distractions and drama but also impact team morale. With a challenging schedule ahead and without their star running back, the Giants’ chances of success in 2023 diminish significantly. Quarterback Daniel Jones would be left without his primary weapon, adding further pressure to his already high-stakes season.

The risk of holding out is not lost on Barkley, considering the cautionary tale of Le’Veon Bell. Who never fully recovered after sitting out the entire 2018 season. The Giants, on the other hand, have the option to rescind the franchise tag or potentially trade Barkley. However, they are betting that Barkley will not be willing to miss game checks or take the same risky path as Bell.

While Giants’ management publicly expressed their desire for Barkley to remain with the team long-term, it now seems unlikely due to the contentious negotiations and strained relationship. The Giants held firm in negotiations, given the unfavorable running back market and their use of the franchise tag.

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Barkley voiced his frustration with leaked contract offers and perceived greediness, questioning the team’s integrity. This further complicated negotiations and created an obstacle to resolving the stalemate.

The failed agreement leaves a bitter taste for Barkley. Especially as the Giants secured long-term contracts for Jones and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. Barkley had hoped for a contract in line with top running backs in the league, but the Giants did not offer the desired guarantees.

Now, the Giants face the challenge of proving their commitment to their players. Particularly Barkley, who played a crucial role in last season’s playoff run. However, the inability to reach a deal with Barkley jeopardizes team chemistry and their chances of success in the upcoming season.

Barkley’s future with the Giants remains uncertain. The team risks discovering whether he is prepared to sit out games the hard way.