New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been in the headlines recently due to reports of his contract demands. According to ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler, NFL teams believe that Jones is seeking a deal worth $45 million per year.
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Fowler has reported that he has spoken to several NFL teams over the past 24 hours, and some of them believe that Jones is genuinely seeking a contract worth $45 million per year. This would put him among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, but Jones is reportedly concerned that he will barely crack the top 10 paid quarterbacks after deals are struck for quarterbacks like Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, and Jalen Hurts.
Jones’ reported contract demands come after he led the Giants to a playoff win in the 2022 season. Despite some struggles in his first three seasons in the league, Jones showed significant improvement in his fourth year, finishing with a career-high 3,205 passing yards. He also had a 22 total touchdowns, to just 5 interceptions and ran for over 700 yards.
Fowler also noted that the Giants have the option to use the franchise tag on Jones, which would significantly reduce his salary demands. The franchise tag for quarterbacks is set at about $32 million, a significant reduction from the $45 million per year that Jones is reportedly seeking. This would give the Giants more time to evaluate Jones’ performance and determine if he is worth a long-term investment.
Where Do We Go From Here
NFL teams reportedly believe that Daniel Jones is seeking a contract worth $45 million per year. Jones’ concern about his standing among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league is understandable, given the recent deals signed by other young quarterbacks. The Giants have the option to use the franchise tag on Jones, which would allow them to evaluate his performance further and potentially negotiate a long-term deal in the future. Regardless of the outcome, it seems that Jones will be back with the Giants next season.