Keyword: Franchise Tagged NFL Players Headline: “Franchise Tagged NFL Players Face Uncertain Future as Deadline Passes”

Draft Title: Barkley, Jacobs, and Pollard Miss Deadline for Long-Term Contracts

Introduction:
As the deadline passed on Monday for franchised players to secure long-term contracts, three notable running backs found themselves unsigned. The New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley, the Las Vegas Raiders’ Josh Jacobs, and the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Pollard will now enter the 2023 season on their franchise tenders. This article explores the implications of their contract situations and analyzes the impact on their respective teams.

Section 1: Deadline Passed Without Deals for Running Backs
Monday’s deadline for franchised players to reach long-term contracts concluded without agreements for Barkley, Jacobs, and Pollard. They will now play the upcoming season on their franchise tenders, worth $10.09 million for running backs. While Pollard has already signed his tender, Barkley and Jacobs remained unsigned and avoided their teams’ offseason programs.

Section 2: Training Camp Attendance and Financial Consequences
Since Barkley and Jacobs are unsigned, they cannot be fined for not attending training camp, which commences for veterans on both the Giants and Raiders on July 25. However, there are financial implications should they miss regular-season games and forfeit game checks. Notably, the last player to sit out an entire season was running back Le’Veon Bell in 2018.

Section 3: Difficult Negotiations for Barkley and Giants
The contract negotiations between Barkley and the Giants encountered challenges from the beginning. The Giants made an initial offer during the 2022 bye week, but it was not seriously considered by Barkley. Talks were then postponed until after the season. The Giants increased their offers to Barkley earlier this year, potentially reaching $14 million per season. However, the main sticking point was the guaranteed money and overall structure of the contract.

Section 4: Barkley’s Frustrations and Public Perception
Upon the Giants signing quarterback Daniel Jones, they swiftly utilized the franchise tag on Barkley. Nonetheless, Barkley expressed his displeasure with the tag and how the process unfolded publicly. He believed that leaked stories portrayed him inaccurately and unfairly. Barkley contended that the portrayal of his negotiations made him appear greedy, despite the Giants never offering close to his desired $22.2 million salary.

Section 5: Jacobs Holds Out for a Bigger Payday
The Raiders presented a contract offer to Jacobs, but he declined in hopes of securing a more lucrative deal. Coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock did not exercise Jacobs’ fifth-year option last spring, making him an intriguing trade candidate after he surprisingly played in the preseason opener. However, Jacobs responded with a stellar season, leading the NFL in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage.

Section 6: Pollard’s Leading Role in Dallas
In Dallas, Pollard is set to assume the lead running back role after the Cowboys released long-time starter Ezekiel Elliott. Following ankle surgery after last season’s playoff loss, Pollard expects to be fully ready for training camp. The Pro Bowl selection rushed for over 1,000 yards and contributed significantly to both the running and passing game in 2022.

Section 7: Conclusion and Future Prospects
With Barkley, Jacobs, and Pollard now playing the 2023 season on their franchise tenders, the running backs face different challenges moving forward. Barkley seeks a long-term deal that satisfies him financially, while Jacobs aims to secure a more substantial contract. Pollard embraces the opportunity to lead the Cowboys’ backfield. The implications of their contract situations will undoubtedly shape their respective teams’ success this season.

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