A better-than-expected Giants season came to an end with Saturday night's 38-7 loss to the Eagles in the divisional playoffs. The organization's focus now turns to the handling of its top two impending free agents: running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones.

Barkley has made it abundantly clear he wants to remain with the Giants. He also recognizes that he won't reset the running back market on a new deal. 

Christian McCaffrey is the NFL's highest-paid running back. He signed a four-year contract extension, averaging $16,015,853 per year with $39,162,500 of guarantees, in 2020. McCaffrey has a running back-best $30,062,500 fully guaranteed at signing.

"I'm realistic. I know what I was on pace to do. But having two years filled up with injuries and having a season not performing to the level that I know I can perform doesn't help," Barkley said after the loss. "But I think I was able to show the type of caliber a player I am — the things I am able to do on a football field. That is something I wanted to do. That was my goal. I was able to accomplish that."

Barkley had his best season since 2018 when looked like a superstar in making during a stellar debut campaign in which he led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage (combined rushing and receiving yards) and earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. He was fourth in the NFL with a career-high 1,312 rushing yards and had 10 touchdowns on the ground (ninth in the NFL) while playing 16 games. Barkley's 1,650 yards from scrimmage were the seventh most in the league (fifth among running backs). He has been one of the NFL's five best running backs this season.