The Facts: Two years into his rookie contract, Barkley isn't worried about his next deal. "I'm a big believer in taking care of the little things first," he said, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. "I'm going to be the best player and leader I can be. If I take care of that, the rest will take care of itself."
Diehards Line:Barkley has still taken notice of what other running backs have done around the league, including Christian McCaffrey landing a four-year, $64 million deal. He also took note of Todd Gurley being cut by the Los Angeles Rams, which he said was "definitely shocking" -- although he was realistic about it. "That's just the NFL. It's a business," he added, per Vacchiano. "That's why you've got to take advantage of it when you can." The No. 2 pick of the 2018 NFL draft has at least two years remaining on his current deal and the Giants can keep him through 2022 by exercising his fifth-year option. There could still be urgency to get a new deal considering the limited shelf-life for NFL running backs. The Giants star was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018 after totaling 2,028 yards from scrimmage, but an ankle injury limited him to 1,441 total yards in 13 games last year. If he returns to full strength next season and reaches his potential, Barkley could help set the market as one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL.