June 24, 2024

The end of the New York Giants’ disastrous 2023 season cannot come soon enough for the team and its fans, as what was once a promising-looking campaign quickly burned up in flames.

As is customary following a poor performance, change is in the air, beginning with a roster revamp in which judgments on underperformers, free agents, and hefty contracts must be made before bringing in new talent.

We’ll do a thorough look into each individual Giants UFA and his future importance to the organization in a couple of weeks, but with tonight being the final regular season game, here’s a very early forecast of who is likely to be retained among the team’s 20+ UFAs and who is not.

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Barkley is free of the franchise tag, which he never wanted. But, after all of histrionics with his contract discussions last off-season, which finally settled down as he added CAA to the mix and Barkley became more proactive in the process, Barkley signed a modified tag and made peace with the Giants. He also aged another year and had to contend with another lower-body injury that cost him three games.

Barkley was less adamant about the likelihood of being tagged a second time at a press conference with reporters on Wednesday. it’s a good thing, because it appears to be the course he’ll take, though the two sides would be wise to get right to work on a new multiyear deal that averages just under $12.419 million.

The Giants must be pinching themselves to make sure they aren’t dreaming after acquiring inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons from the Arizona Cardinals for a seventh-round pick before the season began.

 

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