Saquon Barkley Stats: Giants, RB Still at Odds Over New Deal

Note to Giants: Pay the Man!

There’s no doubt Saquon Barkley is one of the top running backs in the game. The Saquon Barkley stats show a career-best 1,312 rushing yards last season and 57 receptions for an additional 338 yards. It was likely his best NFL season since his rookie year. Now, Barkley is looking for a big payday. The Giants aren’t quite as eager to meet those demands.

The shelf life of a running back is typically on the shorter side. The constant pounding that running backs get takes a toll over time. The Giants know this but still made a reported offer of close to $12.5 million per season, which was rejected by Barkley. So the Giants slapped the franchise tag on Barkley, which would see him earn a little over $10 million in 2023. He hasn’t signed it yet. The two sides still have until July 17 to work out a longer-term deal.

One possible reason New York is a little leery to offer Barkley what he wants is his injury history. Barkley played in 16 games his rookie season and last year. The Saquon Barkley stats show he’s played in 13 games on two occasions and in 2020 played in just two games. As running backs age, they typically become a little more injury prone.

Barkley’s production isn’t really a concern. When he’s on the field, he can get the job done. The Saquon Barkley stats show three 1,000-yard seasons and has always been a reliable receiver. But he may be showing a few signs of slowing down. Last season’s 4.4 yard-per-carry average was lower than his first two seasons. His 5.9-yard-per-reception average was the lowest in his career.

Possible Trade Destinations

There hasn’t been a whole lot of talk on the Barkley trade front. But he would be a good pickup for several NFL teams, who could use a little more from the backfield. The New York Jets are one team that has been linked to Barkley, along with Denver. But a trade seems unlikely until the Giants and Barkley take more time to try and iron out a new deal. If nothing is happening by the July 17 deadline, trade talks will likely pick up.

Low Odds for NFL Offensive Player of the Year

The NFL odds on Barkley winning NFL Offensive Player of the Year are on the low side. At +1800, Barkley is tied for the fifth-lowest odds out there. Only two running backs have lower odds than Barkley. He was a big part of New York’s success in the scores and odds last season. The Giants were 10-8-1 straight-up and an impressive 14-5 against the point spread a year ago. Barkley isn’t the worst bet you could make for NFL Offensive Player of the Year at +1800. But it is a little hard to pull the trigger until his contract status is a little more settled.

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