The Kansas City Chiefs just signed Patrick Mahomes to the biggest contract in the history of American sports with a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million. One MVP and one Super Bowl later and the Kansas City just handed Mahomes a half billion dollars.
Money is no longer real.
Can’t help but look in my own backyard and wonder which player on the New York Giants deserves anywhere near this type of salary and there’s really only one player on the roster that can even be put in the same paragraph as Patty Mahomes and that’s Saquon Barkley.
— Giants Fans Online (@NYGFansOnline) June 30, 2020
Saquon Barkley is on the third year of his four year rookie contract and although he hasn’t held out or shown any signs that he’s focused on getting a new deal, he for sure recognizes that the Carolina Panthers fed their stud running back this summer.
Christian McCaffrey signed a $64 million 4-year extension with a $16 million annual salary making him the highest-paid running back in the sport. I’m not saying that Saquon is necessarily better than McCaffrey but if the Giants offensive line can make the leap from catastrophic to average than Saquon might become an MVP candidate.
Here’s what former New York Jets running back, Curtis Martin, said on the issue:
“When you have a threat like that, he’s just a move or a broken tackle away from a big play every time he touches the ball. He’s probably one of the most dangerous guys in the NFL with the ball in his hand. You just have to keep guys like that around.”
Saquon is a dangerous player and easily the most talented player on the Giants. If they don’t give him the bag then someone else will.
You also have to factor in how bad the Giants have been.
One more losing season and Saquon is going to stop smiling and ‘yes sir no siring’ and start talking that shit when he realizes that this Giants organization is broken as they continue to hire and put faith in scammers like Ben McAdoo and Dave Gettleman.
It makes sense to pay him sooner before he starts looking around and figuring out that his prime is being wasted running the ball -1 yards over and over when that terrible offensive line lets all 11 defenders casually stroll into the backfield as soon as the ball is snapped.
You also have to make the best decision for your young QB, Daniel Jones. Not only does the threat of a dynamic running game protect the quarterback and allows more freedom in playcalling but Jones has also proven that he can also run the ball and that option play could embarrass opposing defenses.
So when should the New York Giants sign Saquon Barkley?
Yea, do not pay running backs. Ever. Duh. Why are we even talking about this? Running backs are super replaceable. Quarterbacks win championships. Defenses win championships. Running backs get Madden covers and Gatorade commercials and that’s super dope.
I loved watching Tiki Barber. You know what I loved even more? The Giants winning Super Bowls the second he left the team.
The Giants should pick up Barkley’s fifth year option and never extend him. If he holds out, he holds out. But never pay running backs. Ever.