With Daniel Jones agreeing to a four-year, $160 million contract on Wednesday, the Giants were able to use their franchise tag on Saquon Barkley, who was given the non-exclusive tag for a lesser salary.
Boomer and Gio agree that Jones signing his contract has put his teammate and close friend Barkley in an awfully tough spot moving forward.
“It basically puts Saquon Barkley in a tough spot,” Boomer said. “Nobody is giving up two first rounders for a running back. Nobody is gonna end up paying him the money he wants. The Giants hold all the cards simply because Daniel Jones signed that contract.”
Of course, the reality of the current NFL is that all the money is going to quarterbacks and wide receivers, and running backs are seen as much more expendable. So while Big Blue was always going to prioritize agreeing to a deal with Jones first, that agreement now means Barkley has very little, if any, negotiating power.
“That stuff happens,” Gio said. “That personal side of things, as much as he loves Daniel Jones, but we’re talking $30 million more per year that Daniel Jones is gonna make than Saquon Barkley…it’s a problem for running backs, but that’s the way it is.”
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