LeSean McCoy shares advice to Saquon Barkley amid failed contract negotiations

The Giants and Barkley couldn't agree on a new deal.

by Dzevad Mesic
LeSean McCoy shares advice to Saquon Barkley amid failed contract negotiations

Former NFL running back LeSean McCoy isn't happy that Saquon Barkley didn't get the contract he wanted this offseason but is still advising the New York Giants running back to at least take the money he is being given. In March, the Giants used their franchise tag on Barkley.

But Barkley refused to sign his franchise tag tender, hoping to get a long-term deal this offseason. Barkley and the Giants had until July 17 to reach the deal - it didn't happen. Barkley now has two options - to sign the franchise tag tender and play for $10.1 million in 2023 or simply hold out and wait for the next offseason to try to get the deal he is seeking.

McCoy to Barkley: Don't leave the money on the table

“What I would tell Saquon is right now, the only thing you can do is play and make that money. I hate when players leave the money on the table. Hey, look, after I sign that $10 million tag, my back's sore, my ankle hurts.

I can't play. But don't leave the money on the table," McCoy said on FS1's Speak program. Now that Barkley and the Giants didn't reach a deal, there is a real opportunity decides to Barkley hold out of certain games in 2023.

"I never thought I would ever do that, but now I’m at a point where I’m like, ‘Jesus, I might have to take it to this level.’ Am I prepared to take it to this level? I don’t know. That’s something I have to sit down and talk to my family, talk to my team [of advisers] and strategize about this.

Can’t just go off of emotions. I can try to get as much money as I can, but what really matters is winning. I know if I’m able to help bring a championship to New York, that’s going to go miles more ahead than this contract," Barkley said on The Money Matters Podcast.