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Saquon Barkley Still Unsigned as Giants Training Camp Nears

Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, selected No. 2 overall by the New York Giants in this year’s NFL Draft, is one of seven top-10 picks still unsigned as most teams prepare to open training camp next week. Of the 32 players selected in the first round this year, all but 10 have been brought under contract.

The Giants are expecting their rookies to report to camp earlier than the veterans this season. They are due in camp this Sunday, July 22, along with quarterbacks and select veterans. The rest of the team is expected to report next Wednesday.

To give his representatives some parameters to work with, Barkley is likely waiting for Baker Mayfield, the top pick, to sign with the Cleveland Browns first. But rookie deals are basically set in stone beforehand; there’s little wiggle room. It’s probably not the money that’s holding things up, but rather the language. Teams want to completely safeguard themselves with first-rounds picks when it comes to the fourth and fifth years of the contract.

From NBC Sports Chicago:

Generally speaking, teams want offset language in rookie contracts as protection in the event they decide to cut a player in his fourth season. If the contract doesn’t include offset language, the player is entitled to all of the money in that fourth season from his original team while also eligible to sign elsewhere. Teams don’t want to pay that money while the player wants the ability to double dip.

The players in the top 10 who have signed deals are Bradley Chubb, who was selected fifth by Denver; Quenton Nelson, taken sixth overall by the Indianapolis Colts’ and Josh Rosen, who went at No. 10 to the Arizona Cardinals.

Besides Barkley, the top-10 picks still unsigned are:

QB Baker Mayfield (No. 1 overall, Cleveland Browns)
QB Sam Darnold (No. 3 overall, New York Jets)
CB Denzel Ward (No. 4 overall, Browns)
QB Josh Allen (No. 7 overall, Buffalo Bills)
LB Roquan Smith (No. 8 overall, Chicago Bears)
Tackle Mike McGlinchey (No. 9 overall, San Francisco 49ers)

Chubb’s, Nelson’s and Rosen’s deals are for the standard four years and are fully guaranteed. Chubb signed a $27.3 million deal with an average of $6.8 million per season.

Nelson will receive $23.9 million over the life of the contract, and average almost $6 million per season, while Rosen’s deal is for $17.6 million, which averages out to $4.4 million per year.

Business Insider projects that Barkley will receive a deal worth $31,647,174 with a $21,086,526 signing bonus. That averages out to a shade over $7.9 million per season.

The Giants were allotted $9.781 million to pay rookies. Four of the other five players the team selected have signed (fifth-rounder R.J. McIntosh is pending), reducing that pool to approximately $7 million.

It shouldn’t be viewed as a big deal that Barkley isn’t signed and it will be interesting to see how long this lasts, but don’t expect him to show up and risk injury before he has his name on a contract.

As for McIntosh, he underwent a procedure for an undisclosed injury and sis not participate in the any of the team’s offseason program. It is very possible he finds himself dry-docked for the year on season-ending IR.

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