Daniel Jones was put into a prove-it season under the Giants’ new regime when his fifth-year option was declined, and the former sixth overall pick seems to have shown enough for that regime to buy into him as their long-term solution at quarterback.
Asked about Jones at Monday’s end-of-season press conference, general manager Joe Schoen told reporters that the team would like Jones back, and perhaps even gave away the fact that an agreement for a return is already in motion.
“We're happy Daniel is going to be here, hopefully we can get something done with his representatives, and that would be the goal,” Schoen said. “To build a team around him where he could lead us to win a Super Bowl.”
That comment was followed up by Schoen being asked to clarify if he meant that an agreement was already in the works, to which Schoen stopped and rolled his eyes, perhaps tired of answering questions about Jones’ future, or even frustration in himself for what he had just said previously.
Either way, it seems that all signs point to Jones staying in New York after the best season of his career.
“We’re gonna have these offseason meetings at the end of the week, and we’re gonna talk about it,” Schoen said. “And with the resources we have, we’re gonna talk to his representatives, and hopefully we’re gonna get something done.”
The Giants can sign Jones to a new contract or use the franchise tag on him, which would pay him nearly $32 million under the projected salary cap. The team expects to be in a much better place this offseason than the last in terms of the cap department, and things will likely start at quarterback, where the head coach was also more than pleased with the job Jones did in his first year of a new offense.
“I’ve said it all year, he's done everything that we've asked him to do as an offensive staff,” Brian Daboll said. “He’s done a really good job of operating and executing our offense…he’s been a good leader for us. Played the quarterback position well for us. I'm happy we had him.”
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