The Giants made official on Wednesday what everyone knew was going to happen when they exercised the fifth-year option on Saquon Barkley, the gifted running back hoping to make a full return to health following reconstructive knee surgery.
This means Barkley is locked in contractually for the next two seasons. He will make $7.2 million in 2022, the deal fully guaranteed.
Barkley, 24, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 1,307 yards and catching 91 passes. He missed time in 2019 with a high ankle sprain and ran for 1,003 yards, becoming the first player in Giants history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. He did not make it out of the second game of the 2020 season, going down and out with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in a loss in Chicago.
Barkley underwent surgery and is on schedule in his rehabilitation to make his return for the start of the 2021 season.
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