The New York Giants not picking up the fifth-year option on Daniel Jones is blowing up in their face after the 2022 season he just poured in with the team.
They have to pay him and he wants to get paid.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Monday that Jones could be seeking “as much as” $45 million per season on an extension with the Giants.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington further updated the situation to state that teams around the league truly believe Jones wants that insane amount of cash.
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However, Darlington said he doesn’t get the “sense” from speaking to people with the team that the Giants will overpay to keep Jones.
“I think that every GM looks at their quarterback scenario from a game of leverage. Who’s going to come after him? Who’s going to pay him more? If we ultimately franchise tag him and put the non-exclusive of $32 million, is anybody going to be willing to give up two first-round picks?
“And right now, the Giants are looking at him saying, ‘Yes, we want you as part of this organization. Yes, we believe you can succeed. But before we go paying you $45 million, if you want to go play on the franchise tag and we go that route, cool. But Brian Daboll took you a very long way this year.’ And it’s not that they’re saying that he needs to be appreciative of that. They’re saying that they believe in their head coach, they believe in their quarterback, but to a degree. And ultimately, I think that they’ll continue to negotiate with Daniel Jones. I just think that they’ll go franchise tag before they go overpaying him. By overpaying him, I mean, honestly, really I think anything above $40 million.”
Jones recently switched agencies from CAA to Athletes First.
Jones threw for 8,398 yards, 45 touchdowns, 29 interceptions, lost 28 fumbles and was sacked 105 times in 38 appearances over his first three seasons.
One season with 1st-year head coach Brian Daboll unlocked his potential as he tossed for 3,205 yards, ran for 708 yards and accounted for 22 touchdowns to help the Giants make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The team also delivered a playoff victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Jones accounted for 379 yards and threw two touchdown passes in that game.
The Giants have the option of slapping the franchise tag on him, which will only cost the team $32.4 million in 2023.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.