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Giants’ Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley have different reactions to pending free agency


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Quarterback surprisingly vague on whether he wants to return

The New York Giants’ two biggest decisions of the upcoming offseason will be how to handle quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley, both of whom can be free agents this March.

The two players had vastly different reactions when asked about their futures after Saturday’s season-ending Divisional Round loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Barkley, once again, made it unequivocally clear that he would like to remain with the Giants.

“I’ve been vocal about how I feel and where I want to be. I wanted to show the Giants that they guy they drafted is still here. Everyone knows I would love to be a Giant for life.”

Jones, on the other hand, offered a more measured response.

Jones was pressed by reporters inside the Giants’ locker room at Lincoln Financial Field for more clarification on whether or not he wanted to stay with the team that made him the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He did not offer any.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I’ve really enjoyed playing here. I appreciate all those guys in the locker room. It’s a special group of guys. And I really enjoyed being a part of it,” Jones said. “We’ll figure out where that goes, but I have nothing but love and respect for this organization and the guys in the locker room.”

Maybe that is simply Jones being a businessman and wanting the Giants to know he believes he has options. He did also say that he thinks “the future of the team is bright,” but his comments are certainly neutral enough to get the Giants’ attention.

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