NY Giants re-signing Isaiah Hodgins will be much easier and cheaper than we thought

Isaiah Hodgins, NY Giants. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Isaiah Hodgins, NY Giants. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) /

When looking back at the 2022 season for the NY Giants, perhaps there was no better story than that of wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. No one knew who this kid was before the campaign got started. Then in November, the Giants claimed Hodgins off waivers, reuniting him with Brian Daboll from his days with the Buffalo Bills.

Let’s be real here, no one expected much of Hodgins when it was announced that he was making his way to the NFC East. Then, he became the most reliable target for quarterback Daniel Jones. No. 18 was more than dependable.  So, what does the future have in store for the young wideout?

Thanks to The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, we now know things are pretty straight forward. After re-signing tight end Lawrence Cager, an exclusive rights free agent, the same exact move could be on the way for Hodgins. How much would that cost? For the 2023 campaign, only the minimum, which is $870,000.

NY Giants bringing back Isaiah Hodgins in 2023 is a no-brainer

If the G-Men do bring back Hodgins in ’23 for the minimum, it will without question be considered a major steal for Schoen and the front office. Hodgins really turned heads for New York this past campaign, hauling in 37 balls for 392 yards and four touchdowns. In the Wild Card Round vs. the Vikings, the 6-3, 200-pounder was fantastic.

In that upset win over the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, Hodgins led the team with his eight receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Those are the kinds of numbers you’d expect to get from your No. 1 wideout, not some guy you brought in about two months into the season.

Hodgins was a blessing from the Football Gods for Big Blue and Daboll without question wants the former Oregon State standout back in the mix next season. The Giants will need to add plenty of playmakers for the offense before Week 1 arrives, but there’s no way Hodgins can go anywhere.

Fans want him back and Schoen needs to make it happen. Luckily, he’ll be able to do so at quite the afforable price.