1. Giving Daniel Jones his $160 million extension
I was never a big fan of paying Daniel Jones all that money to begin with. In March, the Giants locked up their former No. 6 overall pick to a four-year, $160 million deal. After the Giants went 9-7-1 last season, Schoen was in a tough spot. Looking back on things, however, he should have tagged Jones and gotten a multi-year deal done with Saquon Barkley.
It was not a horrible 2022 season for Jones, but he only had 15 touchdown passes. He was able to get the job done on the ground, rushing for 708 yards and seven scores. However, everything that could go wrong for him this season did. Jones missed multiple games with a neck injury and then he tore his ACL against the Raiders.
Now, with the Giants sitting at 5-10 and a Top 5 pick in the NFL Draft likely, do the Giants dare take a quarterback if the opportunity presents itself? The 2024 NFL Draft will have many talented quarterbacks like Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, Caleb Williams and Bo Nix just to name a few. Schoen could look for a long-term replacement, but giving Danny Dimes $160 million to begin with was a massive mistake.