Week 11 of the NFL season is almost here, with lots of activity around the league as teams prepare for the home stretch of the 2022 season. Here’s a look at some of the interesting news items around the league this week:
Barkley Seeks Big Payday From Giants
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley acknowledged that he has been meeting with the team about a contract extension that could make him one of the highest-paid running backs in the league. The talks were held last week during the team’s bye and were a first attempt to get an idea of what his market value might be. No deal was reached, and both sides agreed to sit back down after the end of the season, where the team could place a franchise tag on Barkley for 2023.
Barkley and his agents have said they are looking to top the four-year $64 million contract of Christian McCaffrey, which has $30 million guaranteed. The team has said they’re not opposed to signing him to a lucrative long-term contract if it’s what they think they need to do to keep him on the Giants.
Team sources also say that they believe Barkley has put his injury issues behind him. He’s been so good this season that they can’t afford to not bring him back in 2023, and the team will do whatever it takes to make a deal happen.
Broncos’ Patrick Suing NFL, Chargers Over ACL Injury
The Denver Broncos’ Aaron Patrick has filed a lawsuit for unspecified damages against several parties, including the Los Angeles Chargers, ESPN, the NFL and a mat manufacturer, for the decisions that were made which led to him tearing his ACL in an October 17 game at SoFi Stadium. The 25-year-old Patrick is seeking damages, including lost bonuses and future earning potential.
Player safety at SoFi stadium has been mentioned several times this season, with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Rams receiver Cooper Kupp both raising concerns about the field’s artificial surface. However, Patrick’s injury occurred when his momentum carried him off the field and he stepped on a rubber mat that was covering up cables leading to the NFL Instant Replay monitor. The lawsuit states that stepping on the mat caused his knee to bend, tearing his ACL and forcing him to miss the rest of the season.
Saints Could Start Winston Versus Rams
The New Orleans Saints could be in for a change at quarterback this Sunday as coach Dennis Allen said he’s considering starting Jameis Winston at quarterback after the team fell to last place in the NFC South. Andy Dalton has started the last seven games since Winston was sidelined with foot and back injuries.
Allen reiterated that Dalton’s starting job is dependent on how well the offense performs. The Saints scored over 20 points per game in Dalton’s first five starts, but have only scored 23 points combined in the last two weeks.
Something that will factor into the coach’s decision is that the Saints are still dealing with injuries to the offensive line. Starting center Erik McCoy was placed on injured reserve over the weekend, with two more linemen questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams.
The team must go with the starter that gives them the best chance to move up in the division. They started the season 1-2, with Winston throwing for 858 yards, four touchdowns, and five interceptions before his injury.