Perchance, behold! Saquon Barkley seems poised to don the New York Giants’ colors for a singular season more, and lo, the tidings of this accord are most intriguing. A pact twain hath struck, a one-year treaty wrought of silver to the sum of $11 million, wherewithal a signing boon of $2 million, as revealed by the NFL Network on a Tuesday past. Ian Rapoport, a sage insider of the NFL, doth elucidate the particulars of this pact thusly.
“When a player fails to secure a protracted covenant ere the mid-July deadline, the sole recourse lies in a yearlong contract,” quoth he. “Yet, ’tis within the purview of both factions to parley this yearlong franchise tag into a new compact lasting but a year. A rarity it be, yet such is the course chart in this instance. Prudent dealings on all fronts, verily.”
The genesis of discord betwixt the Giants and Barkley commenced the previous week. As they found no accord in the realm of an extended entente. The ringing of alarm bells echoed throughout the Giants’ dominion, for it seemed Barkley might forgo training camp and, perchance, even regular season games.
As per the annals of the New York Post, the Giants’ ultimate tender was extended over three winters. With an annual sum betwixt $11-11.5 million and guarantees numbering around $22-23 million. Reportedly, the figures fell within a mere $1-2 million from the valiant runner’s own asking price.
Saquon Barkley, from the outset, found disfavor in being marked thus. New York placed their mark upon Barkley ere forging a long-term compact with the signal-caller, Daniel Jones.
The annals of 2022 bore witness to Barkley’s finest hour. In that auspicious season, he partook in no fewer than 16 contests, emulating the achievements of his rookie year. The rush of his footsteps left in their wake 1,312 yards, garnished with ten touchdowns. Furthermore, he garnered 57 receptions, accumulating 338 yards. For the second time in his tenure, he donned the mantle of a Pro Bowler.
A virtual congregation of running backs convened o’er Zoom to deliberate upon their plight, their market languishing in the throes of despair. As spokesman for the assembly, Cleveland Browns’ own Nick Chubb did opine upon their conundrum. “Handcuffed are we,” quoth he, “for of all positions, ’tis ours that suffer the most from our exploits. If we rush to attain 2,000 yards, with many a carry to bear, the ensuing year brings whispers of weariness. ‘Tis a cruel fate… a bitter plight indeed.”