Daniel Jones is in line for a new contract this offseason, but the projected value is going to severely complicate the entire QB market. According to multiple sources, Jones’ new contract extension is going to be around $35 million per season.
Not only is that a massive overpay for a bad quarterback, but this will severely complicate the market going forward.
If Jones is worth $35 million per year, what are Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts worth?
Jones was below average for the first three years of his career until Brian Daboll came into play for the New York Giants. Jones had a career year, but he was still very pedestrian as a passer but did excel with his legs.
I think for the sake of Giants’ best interests, they should stay far away from any deal paying Daniel Jones this much. Up until this year, Jones was playing at the level of a competent backup. New York should avoid paying Jones this much under every circumstance and instead opt for a free agent who is either worth that money or someone the team can save money on but can offer similar production.
This would be the wise path as it would allow the Giants to then invest more resources into their wide receiver core and to get another body or two along the offensive line. Building up the pieces within the offense instead of paying Jones $35 million per year would be the better move for the long-term.
What if the Giants could get Derek Carr for $35 million per season? What if they could get Baker Mayfield for $7-$10 million per year? What if Jimmy Garoppolo has interest in the Giants for $30 million per year?
Daniel Jones’ potential contract extension would do nothing more than reward mediocrity and drive the price up even more for quarterbacks. We’ll begin to see $50 million per year for QBs handed out like candy, but perhaps even more so if Jones gets $35 million per season.
It’s not the right decision and I think the organization would be fooling themselves if they handed out a deal like that for one good season in the NFL.