According to SNY, there has been no movement at all in negotiations and no indication at all that a new deal is close.
The Giants have plenty of leverage with Beckham: They owe him $8.459 million this year, then could franchise him next year, and potentially even the year after that. If the Giants want to play hardball with Beckham, they could lock him up through 2020.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing in the long run: Beckham would still be just 28 years old when he hit free agency in the spring of 2021 under that scenario, and he can ask Kirk Cousins how it works out to sign the franchise tag twice and then hit unrestricted free agency.
But Beckham likely isn’t going to be that patient. He might not be ready to hold out just yet, but if the Giants aren’t coming close to meeting his contract demands, he’s not going to be a happy camper.
May 30 (UPI) — Break out the Statcast, Saquon Barkley threw a great first pitch at the New York Yankees game.
The New York Giants rookie took the mound for the ceremonial toss on Tuesday, before the Yankees beat the Houston Astros 6-5 at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Barkley, 21, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He drew a comparison to Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders in his NFL.com draft profile.
Barkley ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and did 29 reps on the bench press. The 6-foot, 233-pound Penn State product finished as the second-fastest running back in the 40-yard dash and tied for the most bench press reps.
On Tuesday, Barkley sported a Yankees jersey and shorts for the toss, showing off his muscular legs that are likely set to handle a lion’s share of the Giants’ carries this season out of the backfield. He lobbed in the pitch with his right hand, tossing it softly into the catchers mitt for Gary Sanchez.
Barkley also made some time to hang out with Yankee slugger Aaron Judge. He jokingly tried to recruit him to the Giants.
“Aaron Judge is huge,” Barkley told reporters. “I’ve seen him on TV, but when I saw him in person, I was like, ‘You could play tight end or d-end, like easy, if you wanted to.’ I tried to pitch him to come to the Giants and join the squad, but I think he’s doing OK in baseball.”
Giants coach Pat Shurmer spoke to the media about Barkley Tuesday at OTAs.
“He hasn’t disappointed us one bit,” Shurmer told reporters. “We have high expectations for all of our rookies, especially Saquon. He has been out there running the ball well and is catching it well. He did a nice job today in pass protection. He is doing all the things now that we need to see him do to trust him out on the field next fall. He has done a good job.”