Projected Daniel Jones NY Giants contract feels like it’s way too high

Daniel Jones, NY Giants. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Daniel Jones, NY Giants. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Entering the 2022 season, NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones knew that he had to put on a show each week to try and cement his status as the team’s signal-caller of the future. He did just that. Now comes the hard part: getting on the same page with general manager Joe Schoen and the NY front office.

Fans would love to see Jones come back to East Rutherford on a cheapish deal, but that’s not going to happen. With the quarterback market the way it is, Jones is going to seek top dollar, because if the Giants don’t pay him, someone else will.

If New York and Jones do come to terms on a three or four-year deal, could he be making north of $35 million a season. That’s what ESPN insider Jordan Raanan thinks will happen, and Big Blue supporters aren’t sure how to feel about it.

NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is looking for a mega-deal from Joe Schoen

"“The Giants made it clear that they intend to bring back Jones. GM Joe Schoen even slipped and said at his season-ending news conference, “We’re happy Daniel is going to be here.” The hope is to get a long-term deal done quickly to leave the franchise tag as an option for running back Saquon Barkley,” Raanan wrote. “Regardless, Jones is about to get paid in excess of $30 million per season, and he isn’t likely to reach free agency. Let’s say four years and $152 million, with $82 million guaranteed.”"

Jones had a career-best campaign with the Giants, tossing for 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions. His fantastic play in the running game can’t be forgotten either, as Vanilla Vick was born thanks to star running back Saquon Barkley.

In the Wild Card Round, Jones helped power the Giants to an upset win over the Vikings, one of the team’s biggest victories in the past six years. However, the wheels fell off in the Divisional-Round loss to the Eagles, with Jones tossing for only 135 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

It was Jones’ final audition to prove to Schoen that he deserves head-turning money, but he didn’t deliver for his GM or his team. With the way the QB market is set right now, as Raanan noted, $38 million a season would barely have Jones in the Top 15 for QB salaries during the 2023 season.

Despite that, the idea of Danny Dimes flirting with $40 million doesn’t sit well with the fan base. We’ll see if Schoen can try and bring down that number a bit.