Saquon Barkley’s relationship with the New York Giants is far from smooth sailing.
To see for yourself, take a look at his social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram.
Previously, his pages proudly mentioned him as a running back for the Giants, but now they simply read “Saquon Barkley,” with no reference to the team anywhere.
This is concerning for New York because Barkley played a crucial role in their playoff run last season.
He amassed an impressive 1,312 rushing yards and caught 57 passes, tying for the team lead.
To add to the tension, Barkley and the Giants missed a Monday deadline for a long-term contract extension.
There have been discussions about him potentially sitting out the entire season rather than signing a one-year deal that would pay him $10.1 million.
Barkley even expressed on ‘The Money Matters’ podcast that he could use sitting out as a bargaining tool, saying he could tell the Giants and his teammates, “You want me to show you my worth? You want me to show you how valuable I am to the team? I won’t show up. I won’t play a down.”
Saquon Barkley Says He Could Say ‘F*** You’ To Giants And Be Good https://t.co/cyYSnesFlj
— TMSPN.com (@sportsgossip) July 19, 2023
Currently, the highest-paid running back in the NFL is Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers, earning $16.01 million per season.
In contrast, Barkley made $7.217 million last year. Although Barkley mentioned that sitting out is not something he desires, he admitted that it has crossed his mind due to the circumstances.
He questioned whether he is prepared to take it to that level.