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Saquon Barkley won't sign franchise tag before Giants' offseason program starts

New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley does not plan to sign his franchise tender before the team's offseason program begins Monday, according to Newsday and ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Giants designated Barkley as their franchise player last month but have continued contract negotiations with the former No. 2 overall draft selection.

Giants owner John Mara said last month that he hoped to reach a long-term deal and that he wants Barkley "to be a Giant for his entire career."

But the negotiations remained at a stalemate as of Wednesday morning, and Barkley would not be eligible to participate in the offseason program unless he is under contract.