The offseason movement for the New York Giants is underway.
They’ve already released tight end Kyle Rudolph to clear cap space and more players may follow suit.
General manager Joe Schoen will also be looking to restructure contracts, giving them the flexibility to sign free agents.
But as far as the quarterback is concerned, the Giants will stay put with Daniel Jones.
Schoen said recently that “Jones is their quarterback for now.”
However, Giants’ beat reporter for The Athletic Dan Duggan isn’t buying that declaration.
I don’t read anything into Schoen saying Daniel Jones is the quarterback “right now.” Right now means 2022 in my interpretation.
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) March 1, 2022
Duggan tweeted, “I don’t read anything into Schoen saying Daniel Jones is the quarterback ‘right now.’ Right now means 2022 in my interpretation.”
The phrase “right now” is the strongest point in Schoen’s statement.
While it’s not attached to a specific timeframe, it leaves the feeling of long-term uncertainty.
Yes, Jones is their quarterback right now because he will count for only $8.3 million against the cap for 2022.
Furthermore, Schoen would like to use next season as an audition for Jones’ fifth-year option which could be worth $22 million.
Possibly, he is playing the market and knows that he won’t land a better quarterback than Jones this year.
The Giants Aren’t An Attractive Free-Agent Destination
Schoen could try and pursue a free agent quarterback or trade for one.
However, no one will come and play for the messy roster that the Giants have, especially on their offensive line.
They can try to select a quarterback in the 2022 draft, but it will only decrease Jones’ confidence.
Besides, there are some concerns that no one from this year’s class could be franchise quarterback material.
If they can’t realistically upgrade on the position, might as well stick to the status quo and make the big move in 2023.