The New York Giants‘ quarterback outlook for the upcoming season once seemed straightforward: give Daniel Jones every opportunity to prove he’s the long-term solution at the position. With each week that passes, though, it becomes increasingly apparent that the Giants may not be committed to Jones in 2022.
Heading into the weekend, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported backup Tyrod Taylor has been the superior player at training camp.
If Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen share a similar opinion of the former No. 6 overall pick, the Giants could pull the plug on Jones sooner than expected. And it’s not like they have any ties to Jones beyond 2022 after they declined his fifth-year option, so they could roll with Taylor and no one would bat an eyelash.
You know what would completely upend everything, though? If the Giants added Jimmy Garoppolo to their already-crowded quarterback room.
The veteran QB has been linked with New York for multiple weeks now and the buzz will only grow louder after Marco Martinez of the “49ers RedZone” podcast reported that Jimmy G’s agent has been in talks with the Giants.
The NY Giants have reportedly been in talks with Jimmy Garoppolo’s representatives
The Giants trading for Garoppolo is out of the equation. With less than $5.5 million in remaining cap space, which ranks 30th in the league, New York doesn’t have the financial wherewithal to absorb Garoppolo’s $26.59 million cap hit.
The 49ers lost whatever leverage they had in trade talks when they appointed Trey Lance as their starter. Assuming there’s no team desperate enough — the Seahawks might be the only team who fits that bill — to give up assets for Garoppolo, the Giants could bide their time and wait for San Fran to release the signal-caller.
That would certainly make adding Garoppolo more feasible. At that point, the Giants would likely enter a bidding war for the 31-year-old, as multiple teams — including the Seahawks, Browns, Texans, Steelers and Lions — would seemingly be vying for his signature given their respective uncertainty at the position.
The timing of this report shouldn’t be understated either, as it surfaced immediately following Jones’ reported struggles at camp.
If the Duke product was balling out in practice, the Garoppolo buzz wouldn’t be nearly as overwhelming. Who knows? The Giants might’ve come out and ruled out a move for the out-of-favor 49er. Whatever the case, this report suggests Jones is running out of time to stake his claim as New York’s Week 1 starter.
The longer that persists, the more Garoppolo will be linked with a move to East Rutherford. For all of the winning he’s done in his career, acquiring Jimmy G would confirm that things went terribly wrong for the Giants this offseason.