Coming into this offseason, the New York Giants were facing the prospect of needing to give quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley new contracts.
It was thought that perhaps they would use their franchise tag on Jones, but on Tuesday, they came to terms with Jones on a deal that will pay him $160 million over the next four years.
As Giants insider Jordan Raanan points out, that deal has saved the team about $13 million compared to using the franchise tag, which will give them some flexibility under the salary cap to address some other needs.
About $13M less than the tag. That’s 2-3 defensive linemen. https://t.co/8YeD7JuAfI
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 7, 2023
Instead of placing the franchise tag on Jones, New York has used it on Barkley, which at least gives a temporary solution as far as both players are concerned.
But as it stands, some feel Jones is going to be paid too much money for a player of his caliber.
While he ran for 708 yards and seven touchdowns in 2022, he only threw for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns.
On the other hand, he completed 67.2 percent of his passes while throwing just five interceptions, which has led some to feel that perhaps Jones simply needs better threats at the wide receiver position.
Right now, Darius Slayton, who had a somewhat modest 724 yards this past season, is New York’s biggest threat at that position.
There doesn’t appear to be a strong market at the wideout position this offseason, as opposed to last spring, when studs such as Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill switched teams.
After surprising many by making the playoffs with a 9-7-1 record, it is time for the Giants to take the next step in 2023.NEXT: NFL Fans React To Today's Daniel Jones News