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The New York Giants and star running back Saquon Barkley will table any talks about a new contract until after this season, league sources told ESPN.

Barkley and the Giants did not come close to hammering out a new deal during last week’s bye, according to sources.

General manager Joe Schoen previously had stated that the deadline for the Giants to complete a deal with Barkley was last Monday, which came and went without an extension. With that deadline behind them, Barkley and the Giants (6-2) now will on what’s ahead of them this season, starting with Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.

Neither side wants and contract-related distractions as they attempt to build upon a feel-good season in which the Giants are in the thick of NFC playoff contention while Barkley is a candidate for, at the very least, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

Barkley has rushed for 779 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 28 catches for 189 yards in New York’s first eight games this season. The former No. 2 overall draft pick is over the injuries that plagued the early part of his career and is a central figure in the Giants’ resurgence.

While both Barkley and the Giants want their relationship to continue, there are no assurances it will. Barkley surely will have his sights set on becoming one of the NFL’s highest-paid running back, if not the highest. Christian McCaffrey‘s deal averages $16 million a season, Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott each make an average of $15 million per season, and Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry are both at about $12.5 million per season.

The Giants would like to retain Barkley, and could potentially use their franchise tag that would cost them about $12 million, which would set up another interesting offseason debate for the organization. If the Giants place their franchise tag on Barkley, they would not be able to use it on quarterback Daniel Jones, who also is on an expiring contract.

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