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Giants RB Saquon Barkley reportedly won't sign franchise tag before start of offseason program

Apr 12, 2023

Running back Saquon Barkley won't sign his franchise tender with the New York Giants before the start of the team's offseason program, according to Kim Jones of Newsday and Adam Schefter of ESPN. That means Barkley will be ineligible to participate in the program when it begins next week.

It's unclear if Barkley, 26, won't sign his franchise tag at all, as Jones reports, or if he might sign it before the July 15 deadline but won't do it before the offseason program begins next week, as Schefter implied. The offseason program isn't mandatory, but it wouldn't necessarily matter if it was: until he signs the tag, he's not technically a member of the Giants.

Meanwhile, Giants Pro Bowl nose tackle Dexter Lawrence will be acting like he's not a member of the Giants, as the New York Daily News reports he has decided to skip the beginning of the offseason program over another unresolved contract situation. Lawrence, a former first-round pick, is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.

That leaves the Giants without important players on both sides of the ball as they begin preparations for next season.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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