New York Giants give Daniel Jones 4-year, $160M extension

Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley will remain in East Rutherford

Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley will stay in East Rutherford
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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones needed to receives a commission and he did —handsomely. Massive Blue gave the 25-year-old signal-caller a four-year, $160 million extension, whereas additionally putting the franchise tag on RB Saquon Barkley, based on reviews.

One of many cardinal sins an athlete could make is being overpaid. It doesn’t actually matter how they bought it — be it a holdout or a clumsy entrance workplace — if the followers don’t suppose you’re definitely worth the wage cap hit, each grievance is punctuated with “… and we’re paying him $150 million!” Tobias Harris is a strong function participant, however Philadelphia 76ers followers won’t ever let that contract slide. New York Mets supporters really feel that manner about actually everybody they signal. And we’re nearing that time with the New York Giants and Daniel Jones.

The workforce didn’t decide up Jones’ fifth-year choice earlier than the season, he had a serviceable turnaround yr beneath new coach Brian Daboll, received a playoff recreation, and was rumored to be looking for north of $40 million per year. Dimes even changed agents to indicate how critical he’s about how delusional he’s.

Being overpaid in a market like New York comes with a harsher highlight than nearly every other place, and it doesn’t take a lot for followers and media to flip the narrative from overachiever to overpaid fall man. Ask Julius Randle.

It seems signing Jones to a modest contract is a pipedream, and I’d love to listen to Eli Manning’s ideas on if the G-Males ought to nonetheless give Jones that long-term deal. However he doesn’t have a Lays product to promote this week, so that you’ll simply must settle with some man on the web making factors after which increasing upon them.

Who’re the opposite QBs getting $40 million on extra?

The most important buttresses to Jones’ argument are guys like Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray, and even Aaron Rodgers. Jones arguably outplayed all of them a yr in the past, and nobody on that checklist makes lower than $40 million. Nonetheless, all of these names bought that cash off from earlier work, and the Browns are… the Browns.

The opposite guys that make that type of cash are Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen. Quickly sufficient Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts will be a part of that membership, and Jones will probably be left hanging out with Dak Prescott on the social gathering, speaking about what the media doesn’t perceive about their video games.

Nothing Danny Spare Change has completed is his profession comes near these quarterbacks’ peaks, and I don’t give a shit that Jones received a playoff recreation. He had one competent yr, and nonetheless solely managed 22 complete touchdowns. There’s no manner in hell a entrance workplace, or teaching workers, appears at his resumé, and says with certainty, “We will win a Tremendous Bowl with Daniel Jones.”

Giving Jones the franchise tag messes with Saquon Barkley’s future

The rationale why Jones’ contract negotiation is so essential is that if they’ll’t determine it out, he’ll find yourself getting the franchise tag over Saquon Barkley. The star operating again mentioned he’s approaching a brand new deal realistically, however even probably the most real looking supply will probably be an insult. There’s greater than sufficient proof that giving operating backs huge cash is a misappropriation of cap funds, and I don’t suppose Giants GM Joe Schoen is a dullard.

If the Giants can’t deliver again Barkley, they may discover a worthy alternative. That’s often the way it works with operating backs. Nonetheless, in the event that they fail to take action, and with the broad receiver market/draft class the best way it’s, the workforce may have an excellent larger deficiency in play making than in 2022.

Eight of the Giants’ 9 wins final season have been by one rating, and the workforce is begging to be a regression candidate. They don’t must actively additional that trigger by dropping their finest talent participant and/or quarterback.

The Giants have an out with Jones, and will discover it

I’m of the camp that discovering a quarterback is actually tough, and fixed turnover results in a Jets or Browns-type scenario the place it’s a self-defeating prophecy QB after QB after QB. So, if the Giants must franchise tag Jones, and he’s rubbish subsequent yr, they want an insurance coverage coverage that’s extra bankable than tanking for Caleb Williams.

A man like Hendon Hooker, the Tennessee QB who ought to have been on the Heisman ceremony even after tearing his ACL, is value a mid-round decide and can want a yr off. Let’s say groups catch on to the learn choice stuff that Jones ran so nicely, and the Giants find yourself 6-11 or 7-10. Should you franchise him, then there’s an out or no less than it’s proof that he ought to rethink his calls for, and have a keen backup with an awesome upside ready within the wings.

The choice — Jones constructing on final yr and changing into a constant sufficient man to perhaps steal a Tremendous Bowl or two a la Eli Manning — is once you pay him $40 million, as a result of it undoubtedly shouldn’t occur this offseason.