The Giants are publicly voicing their support for Daniel Jones as the former sixth overall pick prepares for his fourth NFL season, but the franchise is still looking to figure out exactly what it has in the 24-year-old.
Meanwhile, general manager Joe Schoen told reporters on Monday that while he has received calls on running back Saquon Barkley, the team has no interest in trading him, as the new regime appears set on running it back with the two of the team’s recent top-10 picks, both of which have yet to pay drastic dividends.
Tiki Barber just wants to know why.
On Tuesday’s show, Tiki made the case for Big Blue to part with both Jones and Barkley, and fully submerge the franchise into an overhaul under Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll, rather than simply dipping their toes in the rebuild waters.
“The reason I think they should try to trade Saquon is because if you’re going to zero to get your cap in order, just do it,” Tiki said. “Don’t try to mitigate the pain by keeping a popular player here. If you’re resetting, it’s a new regime, new philosophy…go all in. if you’re doing this and it’s gonna be painful, you’ve got to just go all in.
“If he’s not gonna be a top-10 quarterback, then why are you worried about figuring him out and trying to get a little bit above average quarterback? He’s never gonna be a top 10, maybe he’s 15, do you trust him to be like Eli [Manning] was? You trusted Eli because even if he was average, because if you got in a critical situation, he was showing up. You could count on that from Eli. Can you count on that from Daniel Jones?”
The Giants have yet to pick up Jones’ fifth-year option, and have another month to do so, but if the plan isn’t to pick that up, Tiki would rather see the Giants turn the page now instead of spending another season squinting to try and get a clearer picture on who exactly Jones can be, especially if they already know that his ceiling isn’t elite.
“I don’t want to get caught with the same season of ‘Daniel Jones looks pretty good…he just needs something to take him over the top,’” Jones said. “Then you’re stuck without an answer…I think this is a reset season for the Giants…if you’re gonna strip it down, take the pain right now.”
Tierney shared a different perspective, staying open-minded to both coming back for at least the short-term future.
“I think he should absolutely be on the Giants,” Tierney said of Barkley. “If they decide that Daniel Jones was gone…then I can say ‘OK, it’s a complete resetting, and there’s more justification for seeing if you can get a fourth-round pick for Saquon, get rid of the money.’ If you’re gonna hold on to Daniel Jones…I want to see what Daboll’s offense can look like with an electric runner, which the Bills never really had…from that point of view, I’d like to get some answers there. How important is an electric running back to Daboll?”