Giants news: Joe Schoen has this offer on the table for QB Daniel Jones
Another day, another twist in the Daniel Jones contract saga. The NY Giants have been hard at work this week at the NFL Combine scouting prospects, but Joe Schoen’s top priority this offseason is to try and ink Jones to a multi-year deal before the March 7 franchise tag deadline arrives.
Will the two sides get something done? According to Pat Leonard, Jones and his agents are looking for more than $45 million per season, which a lot of people can’t believe.
Per Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, though, Schoen and the Giants have offered Jones a contract worth between $35-39 million a season. There’s also some promise that a new contract will be signed in the coming days.
NY Giants have offered Daniel Jones between $35-39 million a season
"“Work on the veteran market is chugging along and, at least on the surface, the Giants’ negotiation with Daniel Jones seems to be the furthest one along, Breer wrote. “The team’s offer is at between $35 million and $39 million per year as of now, per sources, and that would at least indicate there’s a deal to be done here for the 25-year-old former first rounder.”"
If Jones doesn’t take the money the Giants have put on the table for him, and NY doesn’t increase the number to an amount he likes, then the non-exclusive franchise tag will be on the way for him. That would result in Jones taking home $32.4 million for next season.
However, a lot of Giants fans are worried that if the team places the tag on Jones, then it would likely result in star running back Saquon Barkley hitting free agency. Schoen acknowledged there’s still a gap in his talks with Barkley’s reps. In a perfect world, Jones would re-sign, and the Giants could use the tag for No. 26.
With only a handful of days before the tag deadline arrives, Schoen and the front office know the clock is ticking and they’ve got to try and get things over the finish line with Jones as soon as possible.
Plenty of Big Blue supporters feel like $35-39 million is more than fair for Jones, who showcased plenty of promise in 2022. However, those same folks think $45 million a campaign is simply ludicrous.
More Giants news
• According to Ian Rapoport, the Giants indeed to plan to use the franchise tag on Barkley if they ink Jones to his mega-deal. Schoen confirmed that the Giants made Barkley an offer during the bye week, reportedly around $12 million a season, which wasn’t agreed upon. As we mentioned above, there’s still a chance he’ll become a free agent this offseason.
• People in New York were fired up on Friday when they saw TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston say that he could see himself playing in a blue jersey. Johnston is considered one of the top WR targets for the 2023 draft class. The 6-4, 215-pounder was all smiles when talking about his meeting with the G-Men.
• Another wide receiver to keep an eye on during the draft will of course be USC’s Jordan Addison. The former Biletnikoff winner said that he met with the Giants this week. Addison may not be on the board when it’s NY’s turn to send in their pick, but if he is, then Schoen will obviously give him a strong look.