Giants RB Saquon Barkley says he’ll be at training camp even without signing contract
In the weeks that have followed the 2018 NFL Draft, various rookies around the league have inked their first deals but there have been a few to have yet go that route. One of which is New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who has gone through much of the offseason workouts with a contract in place.
Despite that, Barkley voiced that he will be at training camp next month regardless if he does or doesn’t his rookie deal worked out, according to Tom Rock of Newsday.
“I forgot I haven’t even signed that yet,” rookie running back Saquon Barkley told Newsday on Wednesday after the second of three minicamp practices. “I’m not really focusing on that right now. I’m just focused on having fun and playing football. The way I think about it when I was growing up I didn’t have a contract, I didn’t get money to play, so it doesn’t bother me not having a contract right now.”
This is a contract situation that shouldn’t be too much of a concern for Barkley given that it will be a scaled basis that the No.2 overall pick will receive. It is projected from him to garner a four-year deal that is work approximately $31.5 million with about $21 million in guaranteed money.
It may just be a matter of time before his deal is worked out that could possibly come before training camp begins in mid-July. This break until the start of the next phase of the offseason could allow for both sides to quickly hammer it out to avoid it lingering on any further.
The Giants have plenty of expectations laid ahead of Barkley to come in and anchor their running game next season in hopes of bringing much-needed balance to the offense. This is a minor step in the process that will get worked out at some point in the next few weeks.