If it weren’t for Eli Manning, Daniel Jones would be the New York Giants quarterback for many more years.
The pivot of the Big Apple club could become a free agent in the coming weeks. The 25-year-old athlete has just had his best season in the NFL, having worked there for a fourth year. In 16 games, Jones completed 67.2% of his passes for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also amassed 708 yards and seven majors with his legs.
The sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft helped his club go 9-7-1 and advance to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season. The Giants won their first one-night standoff by beating the Minnesota Vikings, before dropping the flag to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I was so proud of Daniel, the way he played and his ability to learn a new offensive system,” Manning told ESPN. It was amazing to see the way he played in the fourth quarters of several games, allowing his team to win. That’s what you want to see from a quarterback.”
“I hope he will be rewarded for that, added the one who won two Super Bowls as a pivot for the Giants. I hope he will be the Giants’ quarterback for a very long time.”
The New York organization will have another big file to settle soon. In addition to Jones, running back Saquon Barkley could become a free agent. The Giants will be able to maintain the services of one of the two men by using his franchise player tag.
In 2023, this unique NFL process could earn Jones $32.4 million. As for Barkley, he would get $10.1 million if he receives and accepts the tag.