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Giants GM: Plan is to move forward with QB Daniel Jones

Jan
23
1/23/2023 9:37:02 PM
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The New York Giants plan on moving forward with Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback, general manager Joe Schoen said at his end-of-season news conference. It will simply be a matter of how they get there, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Jones, 25, is a free agent at the end of the season. The Giants plan to negotiate a long-term deal with him, or they have the franchise tag at their disposal.

"We'd like Daniel to be here. He said it [Sunday], there is a business side to it. But we feel like Daniel played well this season. He's done everything we've asked him to. ... We would like to have Daniel Jones back."

There was no reason to hold back on their plan at quarterback this offseason. This less than a year after the Giants declined to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

It put Jones in a prove-it year under the new regime of Schoen and coach Brian Daboll. All he did was win them over by putting together the best season of his career, reaching the playoffs and winning a postseason game in his first try.

It won over his bosses, who will now build a team around the quarterback who was drafted sixth overall in 2019.

"We're happy Daniel is going to be here. We're happy he's going to be here," Schoen said. "Hopefully we can get something done with his representatives. That would be the goal, to build a team around him where he could lead us to win a Super Bowl."

The franchise tag for a quarterback based off a projected salary cap of $220 million is $31.7 million.

Talks are expected to occur over the next month; the franchise tag deadline is March 7.

"It takes two. Both sides are going to have that conversation," Schoen said. "We haven't crossed that bridge yet. There are tools at our disposal."

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