Will the New York Giants draft a quarterback?
The New York Giants will not pick up a fifth-year option on quarterback Daniel Jones’ rookie contract, which would have guaranteed him a $22 million salary.
The New York Giants have chosen not to utilize the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of quarterback Daniel Jones. The extension would have given Jones a guaranteed salary of about $22 million in 2023.
The Giants would want the starting quarterback to deliver a more consistent performance before committing to such a big payout.
Daniel Jones’ ‘prove-it’ season
Without the fifth-year option, the 24-year-old will have only one year left on his contract when the 2022 NFL season begins.
The sixth-overall draft pick in 2019 had a solid rookie season, where he threw for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. After that, his performance declined- he only threw for 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions combined over the past two years. He also recorded 17 fumbles during that period.
This year will determine whether the Giants will consider Jones a franchise quarterback. If he manages an outstanding performance in his remaining year, the team can hold on to him by using a franchise tag, or negotiating a new deal.
Will the Giants draft a quarterback?
New York reached the decision not to extend Jones’ rookie deal on Thursday, shortly before the start of the 2022 NFL draft.
The team has the rights to the No. 5 and No. 7 overall picks. They are not projected to be using those picks for a quarterback, as they have other slots in the roster they need to fill. Also, this year’s quarterback choices are not seen as particularly strong.
But with the Giants’ latest move, and the general unpredictability of the draft, they just might end up with a new signal caller in their lineup after this weekend.