Running back Saquon Barkley has officially signed with the New York Giants on Sunday after agent Kimberly Miale shared a photo of the rookie smiling with pen to paper, signing his contract.
NFL's Network Insider Ian Rapport, said the deal is worth a fully guaranteed $31.2 million which includes a $20.76 million signing bonus. Barkley will receive $15 million of the bonus up front, then receive the remaining $5.75 million in October, Rapport said. The deal is the second-highest amount given to a running back in NFL history, only out paid by Adrian Peterson.
The former Penn State running back was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, considered by sources to be one of the best dual-threat running backs to enter the league since Le'veon Bell. Giants general manager Dave Gettlemen said Barkley is a threat "to take it to the house" every time he touches the ball.
"He's different. It's like he was touched by the hand of God."
"I think Saquon Barkley is the best player in this draft." ESPN's football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said. "And I think he would stack up with any running back that we've had come out in the last 15 years."