And that’s leaving out everything else about Barkley and the Giants. The owners adore him, and Barkley has served the team admirably as the face of the franchise. He’s been a very good player and an even better team ambassador, something that’s valued by the Giants.

It wasn’t too long ago that New York’s coaching staff erred when dealing with a franchise legend and benched Eli Manning during a lost 2017 season. The Giants haven’t hit the same heights with Barkley that they did with Manning, obviously. But the running back has earned the right to be treated with respect by the team that drafted him.

Losing Barkley wouldn’t ruin the Giants’ chances in 2024, and having him back in their lineup wouldn’t make them instant Super Bowl contenders. But after doing everything the team has asked of him, Barkley should be rewarded with a new deal if he wants to remain a Giant.