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Players rarely wind up playing on that fifth-year option; the act of picking it up usually indicates that a team wants to initiate long-term contract negotiations. Only two quarterbacks have ever played on their fifth-year option (Jameis Winston with the Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota with the Titans), because second contracts almost always get done well before that point—or the option wasn’t picked up in the first place.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is currently stuck somewhere in the middle of that dichotomy: He hasn’t shown nearly enough in his first three seasons to convince New York to give him a big second contract, yet he’s also done just enough to prevent the team from giving up on him. Having drafted Jones 35 months ago, the Giants’ evaluation period is just about up. They have until May 2, the first Monday after the draft, to pick up Jones’s fifth-year option, which would lock him in for a fully guaranteed salary of about $22.4 million for 2023.
The Athletic’s annual “Beast” is here. The top 10 prospects in order are:
Aidan Hutchinson; Ikem Ekwonu; Evan Neal; Travon Walker; Ahmad Gardner; Kyle Hamilton; Charles Cross; Kayvon Thibodeaux; Devin Lloyd; Garrett Wilson.
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