In his first season with the New York Giantsgeneral manager joe schoen and the coach brian daboll cleaned up a mess that had littered the Meadowlands for five years, and he believes that daniel jones has been key in this.
Schoen turned a franchise in a salary cap crisis into one that will have nearly $54 million to retain the quarterback Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkleyif you wish, and add players who can meet the many needs of the team for the upcoming season.
The biggest questions of the offseason for the Giants will revolve around Jones, Barkley and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. Jones and Barkley are free agents, and Lawrence will play the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.
After the Giants declined to pick up his fifth-year option, Jones had a career year, throwing for 3,205 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He also rushed for 708 yards, a team record for a QB, and seven TDs.
Barkley finally recovered from an ACL injury in 2020 and rushed for 1,312 and 10 touchdowns, while catching 57 passes. Lawrence was a force in the center of defense with a team-high 7 1/2 sacks.
Schoen danced around the re-signing questions several times before saying, «We’re happy Daniel is going to be here.» He quickly made it clear that he is the mainland on the side that reaches an agreement.
Barkley and his representatives spoke with Schoen and the Giants about a new contract during the bye week in early November, but the general manager said the two sides were never close.
When he was with the Bills as an assistant general manager, Schoen worked for an organization that didn’t overpay running backs. That would indicate that Barkley may not have the same bargaining power as Jones’ representatives.
«We’d like to get all of our guys back, but there’s a business side to it,» Schoen said.
The Giants have already held their postseason meetings with the players and plan to have a staff meeting on Thursday. Off-season training will begin on April 17 and that’s when Daboll will start building team chemistry.
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