Seven members of the 2017 class, which additionally contains former UDFA Austin Ekeler, signed upper-echelon or midlevel second contracts with their respective groups. Chris Carson was the one one to take action after reaching free company. Not all of those contracts have labored out. McCaffrey has battled accidents, and Carson suffered a career-ending neck damage. However many of the latest extension recipients stay on regular trajectories after being paid. This wave of funds cresting after the likes of Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley and David Johnson didn’t justify their contracts has made for an fascinating stretch.
These $12M-$16M per yr offers have created a roadmap for a Barkley re-up, although it stays to be seen if the Schoen-Daboll operation views him in that manner or is interested by extending a operating again. The Giants aren’t believed to have shopped Barkley, however they took commerce calls on him earlier than the draft. Barkley’s skillset would make him a candidate for a McCaffrey- or Kamara-type contract. His damage historical past, and maybe McCaffrey’s post-extension well being points, might nix that actuality. The proficient Giants again persevering with this early tempo and displaying the type of kind he did as a rookie (NFL-high 2,028 scrimmage yards) and when wholesome in 2019 — behind shaky offensive strains in every season — might change the equation.
The Giants getting into discussions with Barkley this season might enable them to lock down their high playmaker and provides the injury-prone again some safety. Barkley’s 2019 excessive ankle sprain, 2020 ACL and MCL tears and his 2021 ankle concern threw his profession astray, however the workforce is unlikely to have a big-ticket receiver contract or a franchise-quarterback deal on its 2023 books. Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and maybe Kadarius Toney have unsure post-2022 futures in New York. Ditto Daniel Jones, who didn’t see his fifth-year choice exercised. After getting into this offseason in wage cap hassle, the Giants are projected to be within the high 5 in 2023 house.
If no Barkley extension happens this yr, he could be headed without cost company. A franchise tag, which CBS Sports activities’ Joel Corry tasks to come back in round $10.1M, would then be an choice for the Giants. The Steelers went to this nicely twice with Bell. The second time brought on fairly the stir in 2018, as Bell sat out the season fairly than taking part in on the tag.
The tag would, nevertheless, be a manner for the Giants to increase this partnership with out committing long-term to a participant at such a unstable place. Barkley may have banked greater than $38M on his rookie contract, separating him from most trendy backs. By means of that lens, an extension could be much less financially necessary for his future. Ought to Barkley be on a Professional Bowl tempo by midseason, it could be fascinating to see if he would entertain an extension within the $12M-AAV vary — particularly with the cap rising once more — or push this case to the March 2023 tag deadline.
Barkley hitting free company subsequent yr would, ought to he keep away from a extreme damage this season, place a top-tier operating again in a crowded market. Kareem Hunt, Josh Jacobs, Miles Sanders, David Montgomery and Damien Harris are among the many operating backs on expiring contracts. We’ve an extended approach to go earlier than the prospect of Barkley hitting the market emerges, however his good begin to a contract yr opens the door to some potential futures. Which one will find yourself transpiring? Will probably be an fascinating state of affairs to watch.