Daniel Jones isn’t only a complementary piece in a Saquon Barkley-centric Giants offense anymore. Jones is carrying it himself.
“Daniel Jones is a baller,” huge receiver Richie James mentioned Tuesday. “Daniel Jones is a dog. D-A-W-G. Dawg.”
Jones was the Giants’ greatest participant of their Wild Card playoff highway win over the Minnesota Vikings. In most circumstances, the quarterback needs to be one of the best participant to maximise an offense.
That’s how it’s with the NFL’s prime three scoring offenses led by the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, the Bills’ Josh Allen and the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts.
That is what Jones has been in his final two begins for the Giants, scoring a mixed 69 factors towards the Colts within the common season and the Vikings within the playoffs.
And that’s the reason, after Jones’ record-setting postseason debut, the value on his Giants contract extension goes up within the minds of some former NFL GMs.
One ex-GM instructed the Daily News on Tuesday that he expects Jones to command “between $35-38 million” per season on a multi-year contract extension after the Giants’ playoff run — one thing like three years, $110 million with $70 million assured.
That $36.6 million annual common would worth Jones forward of the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins ($35 million), the Lions’ Jared Goff ($33.5 million) and the Titans’ Ryan Tannehill ($29.5 million) as comps.
“If he wins another game, it’s probably a four-year deal,” the ex-GM added, pushing it to one thing like 4 years, $145 million and $90 million assured.
A second former NFL GM, nevertheless, scoffed on the thought of nearing $40 million yearly for Jones. He prompt a two-year, $42 million bridge deal at $21 per yr, or barely extra, based mostly on the restricted pattern dimension and Jones’ profit from being in Brian Daboll’s system.
“The Giants have to go to Jones and say it’s got to be a measured deal in order to help us,” the second ex-GM mentioned. “If you need $40 million a year, we can’t do it.”
Multiple league sources have posited that Jones’ market outdoors New York might not be extremely robust as a result of his match with this explicit teaching employees and system just isn’t optimum however not essentially replicable.
On the opposite hand, one league supply mentioned: “If I’m Daniel’s agent, I now need more money than Kyler Murray.”
And a 3rd former NFL normal supervisor agreed that the existence of quarterback contracts like Murray’s five-year, $230.5 million cope with $160 million assured in Arizona (at a $46.1 million per season) clearly helps Jones’ trigger.
“There are a couple quarterback contracts out there that probably have his agent’s attention,” the third former GM mentioned Tuesday. “Unless he really lays an egg against the Eagles, you’re paying him whether you like it or not.”
If evaluating Jones to Murray sounds loopy, think about that Jones has gained a playoff sport and Murray hasn’t. Murray additionally initially had a homework clause included in his contract to verify he studied, whereas Jones is a first-one-in, last-one-out man.
As the third GM identified, too, if the Giants consider Jones is ascending, giving him $160 million assured may appear like an incredible deal in 5 years as soon as the market is reset by Jacksonville with Trevor Lawrence, the Chargers with Justin Herbert, the Bengals with Joe Burrow and possibly the Ravens with Lamar Jackson.
None of this dialog is an overreaction to at least one good sport.
Multiple league sources ballparked a attainable Jones deal to the News final week as a 3 yr, $100 million contract with about $60-75 million assured, with the workforce doubtless utilizing a transition or franchise tag as a placeholder for negotiations.
Then there was the chance that Jones might enhance that $33.3 million common annual worth with a powerful sport towards the Vikings. And he did that.
He grew to become the primary NFL quarterback in postseason historical past to throw for 300+ yards, run for 70+ yards and throw two TD passes in a single sport.
He made two performs that stood out because the clearest demonstration of his enchancment: completions on the run to huge receiver Isaiah Hodgins for 32 yards and 19 yards, respectively, to arrange the Giants’ two second-half touchdowns.
“He prepares so well,” Hodgins mentioned of Jones. “He knows what coverage defenses are gonna be in before they’re in it.”
And incomes the liberty to make these performs says probably the most of all about Jones’ progress.
Daboll coached Jones conservatively early this season and solely steadily started to belief him extra all year long. The coach mentioned Tuesday, “what we did in Week 2 might be different than Week 15, but I’ve had confidence in Daniel since training camp.”
However, new GM Joe Schoen and Daboll declined Jones’ fifth-year possibility within the spring, and so they dodged endorsing Jones definitively in the summertime and early fall.
There had been comprehensible enterprise and soccer causes for that. There was loads of soccer on movie from earlier years that supported their tepid early assist.
But Jones’ dynamic efficiency in Minnesota after an encouraging fourth season, most significantly, had possession swooning because the Giants superior.
And that’s the place the cash is.