EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The New York Giants plan to move forward with daniel jones as the starting quarterback, general manager Joe Schoen said during his season-ending press conference. It will just be a matter of how they get there.
Jones, 25, is a late-season free agent. The Giants plan to negotiate a long-term deal with him, or they have the franchise tag at their disposal.
“We would like Daniel to be here. He said so [Sunday], there is a commercial side. But we feel that Daniel has played well this season. He did everything we asked of him. … We would like Daniel Jones to come back.”
There was no reason to hold back on their quarterback plan this offseason. This less than a year after the Giants declined to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
It put Jones in a year of proof under the new regime of Schoen and trainer Brian Daboll. All he did was earn them by having the best season of his career, reaching the playoffs and winning a postseason game on his first try.
He won over his bosses, who will now build a team around the quarterback who was drafted sixth overall in 2019.
“We’re happy Daniel is here. We’re happy he’s here,” Schoen said. “Hopefully we can do something with his representatives. That would be the goal, to build a team around him where he can lead us to win a Super Bowl.”
The franchise tag for a quarterback based on a projected salary cap of $220 million is $31.7 million.
Talks are expected to take place over the next month; the franchise tag deadline is March 7th.
“It takes two. Both sides are going to have this conversation,” Schoen said. “We haven’t crossed that bridge yet. There are tools at our disposal.”
Jones said the day after a 38-7 playoff loss to the Eagles that he wanted to come back. With both parties having similar goals, it seems pretty sure this will happen eventually.
“I really enjoyed my time here and I want to be here,” Jones said. “I think there’s a commercial side to all of this, and a lot of it that I can’t control. I have love and respect for this organization and this property and the guys in this locker room . So I would love to be here. I really enjoyed being here, and we’ll see how it all goes.”
Jones has thrown for 3,205 yards and completed 67.2% of his passes this season. He had 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions, but also rushed for 708 additional yards and seven touchdowns.
One by one, he ticked all the boxes. Turnover, which was once its biggest problem, has become a strength. Jones has had just nine turnovers in 18 starts this season, including the playoffs.
He also remained healthy throughout the season. It was the first time in Jones’ four-year career that he hadn’t missed games through injury. He also consistently made clutch plays in big spots throughout a season the Giants won 10 games by a score or less.
“I don’t know if there was necessarily an aha moment or something like that,” Schoen said. “We just continuously assess throughout the season and what the coaches have asked him to do. He executes the game plans. … I don’t know the exact date or time we are like Daniel is our guy, but we’re happy with the way he’s played this season.”
The Giants seemed less optimistic about the comeback Saquon Barkley. Although Schoen expressed a desire for him to return, it didn’t seem like such a high priority.
Barkley had said the day before that he was not insisting on resetting the running backs market, where San Francisco Christian McCaffrey average of $16 million per season.
The franchise tag for a running back is expected to be $9.9 million.
“Look, Saquon did everything we asked him to do and he’s a good football player,” Schoen said. “Again, positional value, we’ll see how we want to build this team and allocate our resources. That’s what it’s all about.
“Again, he’s a good football player. He’s been durable this year. He’s played well and, again, he’s a guy we’d like to see again.”
But Jones appears at the top of the list.