What will Daniel Jones be able to get done this season after he signed his four-year, $160 million contract with the NY Giants? The pressure is on for Danny Dimes to ball out, especially with him being paid so much dough.
The Giants were able beat the clock to sign him to his extension before placing the franchise tag on him. Jones and his reps 'settled' for $40 million a year with this deal, but it looks like the QB was hoping for much more at the start.
In a new report from Giants beat writer Dan Duggan, Jones originally wanted to be paid $47 million per year. This would have made him a Top-5 QB salary wise in the NFL. That of course didn't happen, though.
Daniel Jones will look to silence his haters following his $160 million deal
"I expected Jones’ asking price to be sky high, using the $46 million per year deal signed by Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray last year as a comp. But Jones went higher, seeking $47 million per year. With negotiations coming down to the franchise tag deadline in March, Jones was able to reach the $40 million per year mark with a four-year, $160 million deal. The key for the Giants is an escape hatch after 2024: The team can dump Jones after two seasons to create $21.5 million in cap savings with $18 million in dead money."- Dan Duggan
Giants fans probably would have had a meltdown if general manager Joe Schoen put $47 million a year on the table for Danny Dimes. Luckily, Schoen was able to get things done at $40 million a year, which still seems high, but the way the QB market is set - it felt like a win-win for the two sides.
Jones is coming off the best year of his career, throwing for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding seven more scores on the ground. With new weapons for the passing game, people are hoping Jones can put up some huge numbers in 2023.
If he does, then the $40 million a year will feel like it was a great call from Schoen. Thankfully, $47 million was never considered by the second-year GM and the front office.