The New York Giants need to offer QB Daniel Jones a second contract. For real!
Prior to the 2022 NFL season, it seemed like a sure thing that the Giants would look to move on from the former first-rounder. The team declined his fifth-year option, which would have been worth $22.38 million after Jones went 12-25 as a starter through his first three seasons. He followed up what had been a promising 24-touchdown rookie campaign with two seasons where he threw a combined 21 touchdowns. Whoops.
The Giants announced Brian Daboll as their head coach back in January, and since then, the team hasn't looked back. After back-to-back seasons ranking 31st in offensive points and yards under Joe Judge, they'd finally turned a corner.
Under Daboll, Jones has flourished. He's averaging a 67.2% completion rate, 6.8 yards per attempt for a 92.5 passer rating. He's tacked on an additional 708 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns too — all career bests. Now, they sit with a 9-6-1 record heading into the final week of the season and have locked in the sixth seed of the NFL playoffs.
This isn't the first time Brian Daboll has had the cure for the quarterback blues. In his four-year tenure as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, he took Josh Allen from kinda alright to MVP candidate. That's not to say that Daniel Jones is Josh Allen, of course, but it's a promising track record as they look toward their future.
The first step is to give him a second contract.
Now, we don't have to get *that* crazy, but maybe a cool two-year, $65 million would do. Ian Rapoport does say the team intends to offer him a multi-year deal, and the franchise tag is projected to be worth $45 million in 2023 alone. So... somehow, it feels like a $32.5 million average would be a steal at Jones' current trajectory, right?
Once we get the contract underway, the second step in this journey is to give him some actual receivers.
The team let tight end Evan Engram walk in free agency, only for him to go on to have a career year with the Jaguars. They gave former Lions WR Kenny Golladay (nay, Kenny Golladay stole) a four-year, $72 million contract. Since then, he's totaled 572 receiving yards on 41 receptions.
Incredibly, WR Darius Slayton has led the team in receiving yards in three of the last four seasons — never having exceeded 751 receiving yards. If that doesn't tell you the state of the Giants' receiving corps, I'm not sure what will.
Unfortunately, the well of elite wide receivers hitting free agency in 2023 is almost entirely dry. That means that if they intend on addressing the position, they'll need to pursue a receiver either in the draft or by way of trade. The good news is that Spotrac projects the Giants with the third-most cap space among NFL teams in 2023. So... there's some potential.
My proposal is (with the assumption that Derek Carr is out with the Raiders), send his bestie WR Davante Adams to New York. Who says no?