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Should the Giants pay star running back Saquon Barkley?
There are two contracts that have to be decided before March 7 that will begin to define what the Giants will look like during GM Joe Schoen's reign.
Coming out of his end-of-the-year press conference, Schoen all but stated that Daniel Jones is the franchise's quarterback going forward (if he is a franchise quarterback is a matter that feels will be endlessly argued until he is not longer on the team).
The bigger takeaway from most observers is that a deal with Barkley is not such a sure thing, with both camps saying they want to make a deal but agree that they are currently not close on terms.
BBV's Tony Del Genio, Nick Falato, Chris Pflum and Ed Valentine all weighed in on what they would do if they were running the franchise. And they all came to same consensus—they have a number that they are not going past and it is most likely lower than Barkley's camp is seeking.
The reasoning is best summed up by Falato:
With the holes on this roster, and the impending position dictating contracts of Dexter Lawrence and Andrew Thomas, $15 million starts to tread into precarious territory for a running back with an extensive injury history. I would love for Barkley to return to the Giants, but I don’t believe Schoen should budge off where he values the player and the running back position. If another team is willing to give Barkley $16 million, c’est la vie and I wish him nothing but the best.
The actual numbers for our four writers? Del Genio is at $15M per year, Pflum $12M, Falato at $12.5 million AAV, and Valentine at 13M with incentives to push up the average artificially.
Giant fans, what is your walkaway number if you are sitting at Joe Schoen's side of the table?
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Ranking 6 was Eli Manning:
You can’t talk Super Bowls without talking about Manning, who led the Giants to the NFL’s biggest upset since the Colts’ upset win over the Jets in Super Bowl III. Manning’s poise and performance against the then-undefeated Patriots helped produce one of the most memorable plays in NFL history. The play set up his game-winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress.
At 14, Phil Simms:
One of the ‘80s most underrated players, Simms’ near flawless performance in Super Bowl XXI is a lasting testament to his passing prowess. He completed a whopping 88% of his throws (22 of 25) in a 39-20 win over the Broncos. Simms threw three touchdowns in the win and was a perfect 10 of 10 passing in the second half.
Eli coached the NFC to a win during the Pro Bowl Sunday
The Walter Camp “Distinguished American” award is presented each year to an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life, or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done. He or she may have a record of dedication to mankind that should not pass unrecognized and a life that has been dedicated to the preservation of the American ideal. The recipient need not have participated in football but must be one who understands its lesson of self-denial, cooperation, and teamwork, and one who is a person of honesty, integrity, and dedication. He or she must be a leader, an innovator, even a pioneer, who has reached a degree of excellence that distinguishes him or her from contemporaries, as well as someone who lives within the principles of Walter Camp.
Bradberry will be 30 when next season begins, but he played quite well this season, on a one-year contract. ESPN ranks him as the 12th-best free agent in 2023, including No. 2 among corners. So he won’t come cheap, though he also might not be able to command a long-term contract, because of his age.
Still, the Giants need an outside corner to start opposite Adoree’ Jackson, presuming he is back for the final year of his contract (and there’s a good chance he will be).
“Daniel Jones is in a situation right now with the Giants, Mike Kafka, more importantly, Brian Daboll, where he is going to be coached into a top-10 quarterback,” Tiki said. “I believe that. I truly believe that, maybe that’s because I have blind faith in the Giants coaching staff. But I also know because of his skillset. He’s 6-foot-5, he’s big, doesn’t have to move out of the pocket to see crossing routes and throws and digs over the middle. He can stand right where he needs to stand and deliver every single throw. And if he needs to run, he’ll go run. He had 700 yards and seven touchdowns this year.”
Is Dancing With the Stars in the future for Dexter Lawrence?
The "Sexy Dexy" dance at Pro Bowl pic.twitter.com/DJO9YaSS1z— New York Giants (@Giants) February 4, 2023
The Athletic names Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton; Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina; Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State; Will McDonald IV, edge, Iowa State; Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane; and Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State.
The Giants are an anomaly in this exercise. They need to address the interior, but there's no point in reaching for the top remaining prospect a full round ahead of where they're projected. So, New York uses its second-rounder to grab Minnesota C John Michael Schmitz,, whose 92.2 overall grade in 2022 ranked first among FBS centers.
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