The New York Giants were one of the most improved teams in the National Football League this season.
Likewise — and not coincidentally — Daniel Jones also took a big step forward, finally proving that he could be the franchise QB the Giants hoped he’d become.
However, the team is now facing a few crossroads in the offseason.
They declined Jones’ fifth-year option, so he’s technically free to negotiate with any team.
His breakout year guarantees a major raise in his yearly salary going forward, but the projections are a bit mind-boggling.
According to insiders, Jones’ new contract could pocket him north of $35 million a year, making him one of the highest-earning gunslingers in the league:
I like Daniel Jones. Daniel Jones should get paid. Paying Daniel Jones $35+ mill a year is malpractice. https://t.co/1gMLGJ5n5w
— A Weigl Matter (@CTWeigs) February 17, 2023
Of course, the QB market pretty much blew up over the past couple of years, so this would be standard value for a franchise quarterback.
Nevertheless — and as much as he improved — Jones was exposed in the playoffs vs. a divisional rival that beat him three times in the very same season.
Brian Daboll helped Josh Allen improve every year he was with the Buffalo Bills, and the early returns of his partnership with Danny Dimes were encouraging.
But the chances of Jones becoming a marquee name in this league like Allen are seemingly slim, and the Philadelphia Eagles figure to be a powerhouse in their division for years to come.
The Giants now face the dilemma of either overpaying for a mid-tier QB like Jones or hitting the drawing board again and trying to find a new QB1.NEXT: Giants Insider Shares New Sterling Shepard Update