When Daniel Jones agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract with the NY Giants, it cemented his status as the face of the Giants franchise for the long haul. The Giants declined Jones’ fifth-year option last offseason, which seemed like an indication that Big Blue would move on from the quarterback after the 2022 season.
Jones put up career-highs across the board, showcasing his cannon for a right arm and his impressive wheels. On top of that, Jones led the Giants to the playoffs and won the NFC Wild Card game at Minnesota.
In that game, Jones became the first player in NFL history to throw for 300 yards, two-plus passing touchdowns, and run for 75 yards in the same postseason contest. Now that Jones is back, he’s over the moon and so is the NY front offce. However, his deal had a negative impact on others. In this piece, we take a look at five winners/losers from the extension.
Winner 1: Daniel Jones
How could anybody be a bigger winner than the guy who is now set for life financially? It might be time to rename Danny Dimes to Danny Dollars, because he certainly got the bag. Jones’ four-year, $160 million contract with the Giants includes $82 million guaranteed, which is a large sum of money for a quarterback who just last year was on track to become an NFL backup.
Multiple reports throughout the lengthy and public contract negotiations stated Jones wanted at least $45 million a year, which plenty of people laughed at. However, Schoen and DJ’s agents were able to work non-stop to meet somewhere in the middle, as the G-Men were hoping to keep things around $35-39 million.
Jones’ cap hit in 2023 is going to be around $21 million (based on incentives he’ll probably hit). That low number gives the front office extra resources to improve the group of weapons around Jones, which could allow the quarterback to take his game to another level. After his promising 2022, more good things are on the way for the newly-paid signal-caller.