The time is rapidly approaching where the New York Giants will need to make a decision on superstar running back Saquon Barkley and his future in East Rutherford.

Barkley is entering the third year of his four-year rookie deal (that also has a fifth-year option) and will soon be seeking a long-term contract extension. And according to some, the financials on such an extension could be astronomical.

Still, Barkley hasn’t made a public stink about his contract situation, even in the face of his colleagues (see: Christian McCaffrey) landing massive deals. Instead, Barkley maintains that he has something to prove before signing an extension.

“I always feel like I’ve got something to prove. That’s always been my mindset. Always going to try to be the best player and person that I can be, not only for myself but for my team,” Barkley told reporters in May. “For me, I’m a big believer of taking care of the little things first. That’s right now coming into the meetings and try to be the best leader, the best player I can from this, I don’t know what size of a box you would call it. I feel like if you take care of that the other things take care of themselves in the future.

“ when Christian signed that big contract the first thing that came to my mind was I’m happy for him.”

While Barkley isn’t demanding a pay day from the Giants, retired NFL running back Curtis Martin is doing exactly that on his behalf.

During a recent interview with the New York Post, Martin says it’s up to the Giants to “take care of” Barkley, suggesting that they do it sooner rather than later. . . or risk losing the young superstar all together.

“When you have a threat like that, he’s just a move or a broken tackle away from a big play every time he touches the ball,” Martin told The Post. “He’s probably one of the most dangerous guys in the NFL with the ball in his hand. You just have to keep guys like that around.

“If you don’t pay this guy, someone’s going to pay Saquon. Saquon’s different. When it’s time for him to get paid, he’s going to get paid.”

Martin also believes the Giants could set a precedent by extending Barkley to a big-money contract before his contract runs out; something that would help motivate other players on the team to work as hard as Barkley does.

“When you take care of guys who deserve it, I think it sets a precedent. It can set the standard and people come to understand like, ‘OK, if you want to make the money, this is what you have to do, you have to perform this way, you have to be committed, you have to be dedicated, you have to work hard,’” Martin said. “I just think it sends the right message, especially for a guy who’s not even in his prime yet.

“You definitely want to take care of guys like that.”

Martin may be onto something, and you have to believe the Giants know that.