The Giants sign running back James Robinson on a one-year deal as Saquon Barkley remains unsigned… and unvaccinated wide receiver Cole Beasley also joins the team
- The Giants did not agree to an extension with Saquon Barkley before the deadline
- And now, signing running back James Robinson’s team could come in handy
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With Saquon Barkley still not signed by the Giants, New York added some depth to its running back room on Friday with the signing of James Robinson.
Robinson, 24, is just two seasons away from a rookie season for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns with the Jaguars but hasn’t returned to those heights since torn his Achilles tendon in December 2021.
Nonetheless, the former Illinois State defenseman could start the season as the Giants’ starter if the team’s stalemate with Barkley drags on.
Barkley and New York were unable to agree on an extension before the 4 p.m. Monday deadline, which meant he had to play the 2023 season under the franchise tag — a one-year, $10.1 million contract.
“It is what it is,” Barkley wrote on Twitter after the sides failed to reach an agreement.
James Robinson began his career with the Jaguars before spending stint with the Jets last year
Saquon Barkley has not yet signed his franchise deal with the New York Giants
According to the New York PostThe Giants’ last three-year running back offer was $11 million a year, with guarantees ranging from $22 million to $23 million.
Those numbers were reportedly very close to what Barkley was aiming for — just $1 million to $2 million more on both fronts.
The Penn State product discussed his “leverage” on an episode of the Money Matters podcast taped before the renewal period expired, when he admitted he could sit out.
“My influence is that I could say ‘F*** you’ to the Giants, I could say ‘F*** you’ to my teammates,” Barkley said.
“And say, ‘Would you like me to show you my worth? You want me to show you how valuable I am to the team? I will not appear. I won’t play a down.’ And that’s a piece I could use.
Barkley rallied to 1,312 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last year, although his previous injury woes likely put the Giants on hold in negotiations.
Meanwhile, Big Blue have added another leg to their offense alongside Robinson and also announced the signing of slot receiver Cole Beasley.
Cole Beasley, 34, has had a solid NFL career as a seedy slot receiver
Beasley, an 11-year veteran who has played for the Cowboys, Bills and Bucs, was fined by the NFL in August 2021 for violating the league’s COVID mask policy and refusing to get vaccinated.
“I may die of Covid, but I’d rather die alive…” [I’ll] Use my risk with Covid and build my immunity that way,” he wrote on Twitter in June this year. ‘Eat better. Drinking water. Exercise and do what I believe is necessary to be a healthy person
The following month he continued, ‘I am neither anti nor pro-vaccine.’ I am pro-choice.’
Beasley had just 35 receiving yards in four games with the Bills and Bucs last year.