Sports at a glance
Barkley deal is extended
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants picked up the fifth-year option on the rookie contract for running back Saquon Barkley.
The 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year is recovering from a torn right ACL in Week 2 of last season.
Barkley, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, ran for 1,307 yards that season and caught 91 passes for 721 yards. He had 15 touchdowns combined rushing and receiving.
Barkley had 1,441 yards from scrimmage in 2019, but missed three games because of a high ankle sprain.
The Giants finished 6-10 in 2020, but barely missed winning the weak NFC East that Washington took at 7-9.
Barkley now will earn a fully guaranteed $7.217 million in 2022.
Denver gets QB from Carolina
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos general manager George Paton traded a sixth-round pick in this weekend’s draft to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for veteran QB Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday.
The Broncos, who have Drew Locke as their quarterback from a year ago, own the ninth overall selection tonight and have had their eyes on several of the quarterback prospects rated a notch or two below Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson, who are expected to go 1-2 to the Jaguars and Jets, respectively.
Bridgewater became available when the Panthers traded for former Jets QB Sam Darnold three weeks ago.
Bridgewater went 4-11 as the Panthers’ starter last year and struggled to win close games down the stretch. He completed 69.1% of his passes, throwing 15 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions.
The Associated Press