What else is NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen supposed to do here? When negotiations between him and Daniel Jones’ agents started earlier this offseason, Danny Dimes reportedly asked for around $48 million a season – a laughable amount if we can be honest here. That wasn’t going to happen.
And with Schoen reportedly hoping to keep things between $35-39 million, there was quite the gap. Over the past week, though, these two sides have been working overtime to get something done. However, with the deadline almost here, insider Albert Breer is reporting that the Giants have bumped up their number significantly, but it’s still not good enough for Jones.
NY Giants have raised their offer to Daniel Jones but no deal has been reached yet
This has a ‘take it or leave it’ feel to it, doesn’t it? Jones clearly thinks he’s worth well over $40 million a season, but it doesn’t look like Schoen and Co. think he’s done enough to land that kind of a payday. Regardless, the Giants, per Breer, have upped their offer for Jones and his agents to consider, but no middle ground has been met.
The thing here is that the deadline to place Jones on the franchise tag is at 4 p.m. ET. At the time of this writing, there’s less than three hours to go for Schoen to make a decision. At the same time, does Jones want to earn $32.4 million on the non-exclusive franchise tag next season, or lower his number a little bit to secure his long-term future?
It’s up in the air what will happen, but there’s not a whole lot of time left for a new contract to be agreed upon. If Jones sticks to his guns and doesn’t lower his number, then he’ll play on the tag in 2023, but it will also hamper Schoen’s ability to make the kind of moves to help out the offense in free agency.
With tagging him too, go ahead and kiss Saquon Barkley goodbye as well – he’ll enter free agency and look to make top dollar elsewhere. Schoen has bent over backwards it appears to make his QB happy, but it might not be enough at the end of the day. If everything falls through on a new deal, it’ll be a big bummer for everyone involved.