New York Giants Saquon Barkley
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley reveals his financial target to live comfortably in life after football. 

When the New York Giants drafted running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft, they gave him a good chunk of cash. Big Blue signed Barkley to a four-year, $31.2 million rookie deal last July. The contract included a $20.76 million signing bonus. However, everyone knows he’ll eventually be worth a lot more than that.

Barkley had a phenomenal rookie year. The 21-year-old won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Pepsi Rookie of the Year, as well as the FedEx Ground Player of the Year for best running back. Barkley also made his first career Pro Bowl for his efforts on the field. Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage this past year.

That being said, if his dominance continues, he’ll become a very expensive running back in the future. Speaking with Eric Chemi of CNBC earlier this week, Saquon revealed the magic number for what he wants to make in order to live comfortably after football.

“When I get to $22 million saved in the bank, you can live comfortable with that for the rest of your life,” Barkley said. “That’s the game plan my financial advising team has made for me. Hopefully we can make it higher, but that’s the spot I target.”

However, Barkley doesn’t seem to have plans to touch the salary he makes for what he does on the field for Big Blue. Instead, he looks more towards the money he makes for his actions off the field.

“I haven’t touched anything out of my salary, and God-willing I make it to another contract, I wouldn’t touch that, because it’s football, it’s the nature of the game,” Barkley stated. “You never know when it can be taken away of you.”

If what he’s able to do both on and off the field continues, I’m sure Barkley will be able to live very comfortably when his time as a football player is over. That $22 million he has his eye on should live out to be an understatement as well.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.