Giants may franchise tag Saquon Barkley again: 'We have that tool'

Saquon Barkley is going for free agency again, and Giants GM Joe Schoen said Monday they might tag him again.

"Saquon and I will talk about that," Schoen told reporters at New York's end-of-season press conference. "We have that tool. We kept that in his agreement when we redid it before camp. There was no 'hey, we'll do this, but there's no franchise tag.'

"We have that choice. Those discussions will happen. Not saying we will or won't. Over the next month, many of these discussions will occur." Barkley was upset when the Giants tagged him following the 2022-23 season and vowed to boycott league games.

Barkley arrived at training camp on schedule after the organization restructured the contract on July 25. Barkley received $11 million and a $2 million signing bonus in the restructured agreement, slightly more than the $10.1 million franchise tag.

Barkley, who was drafted second overall by the Giants out of Penn State in 2018, had another great season in 2023-24. He ran for 962 yards and 6 touchdowns in 14 games. He caught 41 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns.

Barkley reminisced on his possible last game with Big Blue following Sunday's Week 18 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

If it is my last game playing here ... it was a fun six years," he remarked. Created many lovely memories. But it's not my final football game, you know?

 As mentioned, I can control that. I don't allow my emotions affect me, but if it were my final game, I might feel differently. However, I don't know."