The New York Giants are going to be a busy team this season. After sitting out most of free agency last year because of the condition that Dave Gettleman left the team in, Big Blue will be much more active in 2023.
The first year under general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll was a smashing success. After being the laughingstock of the league for nearly a decade, the Giants turned things around quickly in 2022.
After being projected by many people to win only four or five games, New York went 9-7-1 in the regular season, earning a Wild Card berth. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings during Super Wild Card Weekend but were handled with ease by the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round.
It was clear that the talent level was drastically different between the teams, but Schoen will start trying to close that gap this off-season. However, before he starts adding players from other teams, deals need to get done with their free agents; quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley.
Those two were the driving force behind the team’s success offensively in 2022. Despite a lack of pass-catching talent and some issues with the offensive line, both were able to put up big numbers in the first season under Daboll.
Retaining both of them is important to the franchise going forward. Thus far, talks have begun with Barkley, but nothing has occurred yet with Jones. JPA on Twitter shared the update.
It is a little surprising that Barkley is seemingly being prioritized ahead of Jones. While supremely talented, running backs are dime a dozen. Both of the teams in the Super Bowl aren’t committing big money to the running back position, which is something New York has to consider.
Jones, on the other hand, has earned himself a two or three-year deal. He played well enough to be the starter again in 2023 and there isn’t a better option than him available this offseason. What it will come down to with Jones is price.
If the Giants draw a line in the sand, there are franchises around the league who may be willing to go above that. The Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Washington Commanders, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers could all be in the market for a quarterback this offseason.
If the Giants don’t play their cards right, they could be in the quarterback market themselves. The franchise tag is certainly a viable option if a long-term deal can’t be worked out.
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