‘I Could Say F*ck You’: Saquon Barkley Says He Could Skip Offseason Workouts in Contract Dispute

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Saquon Barkley had a terse and to-the-point response when asked what the next step in his contract dispute with the Giants could be. What could Barkley’s next step be? Well, it could be to say, “F*ck you.”

On an episode of the Money Matters podcast that was taped just before the league’s July 17 deadline for agreeing on a new contract, Barkley used colorful language to explain the leverage he has over the Giants.

“My leverage is I could say, ‘fuck you’ to the Giants, I could say, ‘fuck you to my teammates,’” Barkley said. “And be like, ‘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.’ And that’s a play I could use.”

Barkley expressed that it’s not his desire to miss camp, “but now I’m at a point where I’m like, ‘Jesus, I might have to take it to this level.’”

The Giants running back is not alone. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs failed to agree with his team on a new deal, as did Cowboys back Tony Pollard. Pro Football Talk reported on Monday that several high-profile running backs were coordinating a social media campaign to pressure teams to alter the NFL pay structure and pay running backs more money.


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