Giants GM Joe Schoen plans to move forward with QB Daniel Jones

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The New York Giants plan to move forward with Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback, general manager Joe Schon said at his latest news conference. It simply becomes a matter of how you get there.

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

He said we would like Daniel to be here. [Sunday], there is a business side to it. But we feel that Daniel has played well this season. He did everything we asked. We want Daniel Jones back.

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

Under the new Shawn regime and coach Brian Daboll, Jones is in for a guaranteed year. All he did was put together the best season of his career, make the playoffs, and win the playoffs on his first try.

He won over the Chiefs, who will build a team around a quarterback drafted sixth overall in 2019.

“We’re glad Daniel’s going to be here. We’re glad he’s here,” Shawn said. “Hopefully we can do something with the reps. That’s the goal, building the team around him will lead us to win the Super Bowl.”

Based on a projected salary cap of $220 million, the franchise’s quarterly return is $31.7 million.

Discussions are expected to take place next month; Franchise account deadline is March 7th.

“It takes two. Both sides are going to have that conversation,” Shawn said. “We haven’t crossed that bridge yet. We have tools at our disposal.”

Jones said he wanted to return the day after the Eagles’ 38-7 playoff loss. If both parties have the same goals, it seems like a sure bet that it will eventually happen.

“I really enjoyed my time here, and I want to be here,” Jones said. “I think there’s a business side to all of this, and I can’t control a lot of it. I have love and respect for this organization and the ownership and the guys in this locker room. “That’s why I want to be here. I really enjoyed being here, and we’ll see how it all works out.

Jones has thrown for 3,205 yards and completed 67.2% of his passes this season. He had 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions, but ran for another 708 yards and seven touchdowns.

He checked all the boxes one by one. The change that was once the biggest problem has become a strength. Jones had just nine turnovers in 18 starts this season, including the playoffs.

He also stayed healthy during the season. It was the first time in Jones’ four-year career without missing a game due to injury. He also made clutch plays in big spots all season long in which the Giants won 10 games by one point or less.

“I don’t know if there was necessarily an aha moment or anything like that,” Sean said. “Now we’re constantly evaluating the season and what the coaches have asked him to do. He’s executing the game plan. … I don’t know the exact day and time when our guy will be like Daniel, but we’re happy with how he’s played this season.”

The Giants don’t seem very optimistic about running back Saquon Barkley. Although Shawn has expressed interest in his return, it seems his priority is not high.

Barkley said the other day that San Francisco’s Christian McCaffrey is not pushing to restart the running back market, where he averages $16 million per season.

The franchise tag for a running back could come in at $9.9 million.

“Listen, Saquon has done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s a good football player,” Sean said. “Again, the value of the position, we understand how we want to build this team and how we want to allocate our resources. This is what comes.

“He’s a good football player again. He’s been strong this year. He’s played well and again, he’s someone we want to have back.”

But Jones appears at the top of that list.

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