Daniel Jones and the New York Giants were one of the biggest surprises during the 2022 NFL season. While their season ended in disappointing fashion against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, no one expected them to even get into the playoffs. The future could not be brighter for the Giants, but they are going to have to find a way to keep their core roster together.
First and foremost, Jones will be looking for a new deal in the very near future. If the Giants want to keep him around long-term, they are going to have to bring out a big checkbook.
According to a report from Matt Lombardo of Heavy Sports, the Giants are looking at a big sum of money to get Jones locked up. His report states that New York may have to pay at least $30 million per season to get a deal done with the up-and-coming quarterback.
Should The Giants Pay Daniel Jones That Much?
That’s about what the Giants should be expecting anyways. Jones decided to bet on himself heading into the 2022 NFL season and it paid off big-time. He’s in line for a huge payday, as he should be for the production he put up.
During the 2022 season with the Giants, Jones showed massive amounts of development and progression. A lot of that credit goes to head coach Brian Daboll, but Jones obviously worked his butt off to improve his game.
Jones ended up completing 67.2 percent of his pass attempts for 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also picked up 708 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
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Some fans may look at those numbers and think the Giants should pass on giving him a big deal. Granted, the passing numbers aren’t great and certainly don’t scream $30 million worth of passing, but there are a couple of other factors to keep in mind.
New York was a run-heavy offense with Saquon Barkley back to being a superstar again. Jones chipped in nicely on the ground and was able to make plays through the air when called upon. Also, Jones was not working with elite receivers, as his top target was Darius Slayton, who isn’t bad, but he isn’t a No. 1 on most teams either.
While he didn’t put up huge production through the air, Jones is a quarterback that fits the Giants’ system perfectly. Should they pay him $30 million per season? That’s a risky call, but one that needs to be made unless New York can guarantee getting a superstar like Aaron Rodgers or Lamar Jackson.
Expect to see the Giants make a huge commitment to their 25-year-old quarterback. Jones may not be an NFL superstar, but he’s certainly shown that he can take New York back to being a contender in the NFC.
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