Today on 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe, Giants RB Saquon Barkley reportedly won't sign his franchise tag prior to the team’s offseason program beginning next week. While his frustration is understandable, there are clear reasons he should sign the tag anyway.
Brady Quinn: "There's some frustration on his side of all this and the only thing I don't like about not signing the tag is, let's say for example he gets injured at some point in time walking to go pick up a pizza in New York. He's not getting that money. Until you sign that franchise tag it's not guaranteed.
So I would go sign it, knowing that your real deadline for a long term deals is July 15th. And if they don't want to agree to a long term deal, so be it. I gotta play out this year and I gotta look into it next year, and I'll get paid a little bit more under the tag if they do it again or I'll try to hit free agency. Because you can't go the Le'Veon Bell route, that doesn't help you. And doing this, you subject yourself to a bit of risk.
I've seen guys sign the franchise tag, and they come in and they don't do anything in the offseason. They come up for offseason workouts, they'll workout, stay in shape, they're not practicing. And there's no reason to say why you can't do that if you want to do that."