Daniel Jones just led the New York Giants to the playoffs for the first time in his career, and it might pay off with a contract extension in the next few days.
Boomer Esiason reported on WFAN this morning that Jones and the Giants are “close” to agreeing on a three- to four-year extension. Esiason said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Jones inked a new deal within the next 10 days.
From the beginning of the season, it was obvious that Jones was auditioning to cement himself as the Giants’ long term answer at quarterback. In his first year in Brian Daboll’s system, the former No 6 overall pick posted career bests in passing yards (3205) and interceptions (5) while throwing 15 touchdowns. His 708 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns were both in the top five for quarterbacks this year.
Jones also stayed healthy the entire season, something that was an issue in previous years, and led the team to its first playoff berth and winning season since 2016.
With New York picking towards the end of the draft, selecting a new quarterback is unlikely. But it won’t matter if Jones has already convinced general manager Joe Schoen that he’s a foundational piece.
Esiason did not speculate on the financial details of an extension, but Spotrac projects that Jones would command a three-year, $76.6 million deal on the open market.
An extension for Jones would also allow the Giants to focus on contract talks with Saquon Barkley or free them up to potentially franchise tag the star running back. It would also be arguably the biggest decision Schoen has made so far in his first year.