Quarterback Daniel Jones still has the confidence of the New York Giants as a starter, general manager Joe Schoen said at his season-ending press conference. It will just be a matter of how they get there.
Jones, 25, is a free agent. The Giants plan to negotiate a long-term agreement with him or even give him the franchise player label.
Schoen has transformed a franchise in salary cap crisis into an organization that will rely on almost $54 million to retain quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley — if that’s what he wants — and add players who will fill the many needs of the team in anticipation of the next season.
“We would like Daniel to stay here. He said it [dimanche], there is the business aspect. But we think Daniel has played well this season. He did everything we asked of him. We would like to find Daniel Jones. »
There’s no reason to change plans for the quarterback, less than a year after the Giants declined to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
Jones had to prove himself again under the new regime of Schoen and coach Brian Daboll. He seemed to rise to the challenge by having the best season of his career, reaching the playoffs and winning a postseason game on his first try.
He was able to delight his bosses who now seem ready to build a team around him, who was the sixth pick in the 2019 draft.
“We’re happy Daniel is here,” Schoen said. I hope we can come to an agreement with its representatives. That would be the goal to build a team around him where he could lead us to win a Super Bowl. »
The franchise player tag for a quarterback under a projected salary cap of $220 million is $31.7 million. Talks are expected to begin within the next month.
“It takes two to have this conversation,” added Schoen. We haven’t crossed that bridge yet, but there are tools at our disposal. »
The day after a 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the quarterback explained that he wanted to return. If both parties have the same objectives, an agreement should be reached. “I really enjoyed my time here and I want to stay,” Jones said. I think there’s a business side to the negotiations and a lot of that I can’t control. I have love and respect for the organization and for the guys in the locker room. »
Jones has passed for 3,205 yards while completing 67.2% of his passes this season. He had 15 touchdown passes and had five interceptions. He also had 708 additional rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Jones was able to solve his biggest problem, that of turnovers. He’s had just nine turnovers in 18 starts this season, including the playoffs.
He was also able to stay healthy all season for the first time in four years. He was also able to make important plays to help the Giants win ten games by a touchdown or less.
“I don’t know if there was a specific moment when it clicked or something like that,” Schoen said. He did well what the coaches asked of him. He executed the game plans well. I don’t know the exact date or time where we are, but Daniel is our quarterback and I’m happy with the way he plays. »
The Giants, however, seemed less optimistic about the return of running back Saquon Barkley. Although Schoen expressed a desire for him to return, it didn’t seem like such a high priority.
Barkley had said the day before that he wasn’t looking for a contract like San Francisco’s Christian McCaffery, who averages $16 million a season.
The franchise player tag for a running back is expected to be $9.9 million.
Barkley and tackle Dexter Lawrence will be on the minds of Giants leaders in the offseason. Jones and Barkley will be free agents and Lawrence will play the option year of his rookie contract.
Barkley finally recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a knee in 2020 and had 1,312 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, in addition to catching 57 passes.
Lawrence played an important role in the center of defense for the Giants with a team-high 7.5 quarterback sacks.
In addition, the Giants have significant gaps to fill, starting at the wideout position. They don’t have a real number one receiver. You also have to anticipate that they will try to improve at inside linebacker and find another player to solidify the inside of their defensive line.