Giants QB Daniel Jones’ contract demands are somehow higher than we thought

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

It’s getting to a point where we don’t know who to believe these days. Earlier in the week, NFL insider Ian Rapoport said there was a ‘glimmer of hope’ when it came to the NY Giants getting a new deal done with Daniel Jones. Keep in mind that the March 7 deadline is almost here for the franchise tag.

Now, though, it feels like we’re back to square one thanks to a new report from the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard. Per the NY insider, Daniel Jones and his agents are looking for more than $45 million a season for his next deal. When Mike Florio said ‘around’ $45 million, people couldn’t believe it. Now, they want more? Oh my.

NY Giants QB Daniel Jones is likely headed for the non-exclusive franchise tag

If Jones and his camp are actually serious about this figure, then the non-exclusive franchise tag will surely be on the way for him soon. With that tag, the Giants would pay Jones $32.4 million for next season. Jones might not like that, which could result in him holding out prior to the new campaign getting here.

No one wants to see that happen, especially not head coach Brian Daboll. The Giants as a whole want to put these negotiations behind them and make something work with the young quarterback.

Over at the NFL Combine, Schoen and Jones’ reps have been working quite a bit on trying to make something happen contract wise. Schoen said in his first meeting with the media that he’s cautiously optimistic that something will get done with both Jones and star running back Saquon Barkley.

Jones and Barkley were brilliant for the G-Men in 2022, powering the team to a 9-7-1 record in the regular season and the upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card Round. Big Blue supporters want to see both of them back in action at MetLife Stadium once Week 1 rolls around this September.

With Jones, Schoen has said multiple times that he’s his starting QB for the future. If he wants the new deal, though, and Leonard is spot on with his report, then he’s going to have to eat some humble pie and realize that he’s not worth $45 million annually.