In the least surprising news from what has otherwise been a widely uncanny offseason for the New York Giants, the team has decided to pick up Saquon Barkley’s fifth-year option. Big Blue announced the move on Wednesday, essentially ensuring the former No. 2 overall pick will remain in East Rutherford through the 2022 NFL season.
Barkley will count just over $10 million against the cap in 2021. The following season he will see his salary drop, receiving $7.21 million fully guaranteed in 2022 (via Spotrac).
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Barkley on Track for Week 1
The Giants’ decision to exercise Barkley’s option comes just hours after ESPN’s Adam Schefter gave the world a promising update on the running back’s road to recovery. Barkley, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Chicago Bears, is “on track” to be ready for the start of 2021 season, per the NFL insider.
Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley, who tore his ACL in Week 2 at Chicago, is on track to be ready for the start of the season, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2021
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The New York Giants make the final call on Saquon Barkley’s contract.