Ahead of of his upcoming free agency, running back Saquon Barkley had a "positive" meeting with the New York Giants on Monday, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The organization hopes to retain Barkley as well as quarterback Daniel Jones.

Garafolo reports that both sides are still optimistic of making a deal work as the star running is set to hit the market on March 15 when free agency opens.

It was previously reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Sunday that the two were not close on the deal and that the Giants would likely franchise-tag Barkley if they are able to get a long-term deal done with Jones ahead of Tuesday's tag deadline.

Barkley, 26, has been with the organization since 2018 when he was the No. 2 pick in the draft and has been one of the cornerstones of the franchise during that time. He was the Offensive Rookie of the Year and has made two Pro Bowls.