Many of us fell in love with the New York Giants because of their 2022 season, but GM Joe Schoen is digging himself a huge hole. I’m not sure how highly people across the NFL hold the front office of the New York Giants, but it’s probably too high.
General Manager Joe Schoen has created himself quite the pickle that he needs to get out of.
I think people are too high on the Giants, specifically Schoen himself. It was a foregone conclusion that Brian Daboll was coming over as their next head coach, and it was because Schoen was there. So I don’t necessarily think Schoen “made” the hire, if you will.
That might be me grasping at straws, but Schoen/Daboll seemed like a package deal wherever they went.
Then, the Daniel Jones contract. Frankly, I think this was a monumentally stupid idea to extend Daniel Jones, making him a $40m AAV QB.
His year consisted of a passer rating in the mid-90s and 15 passing touchdowns. Perhaps the Giants didn’t want to get cute with trying to improve their QB situation, but what are we doing here. Daniel Jones is a bad quarterback who is being heavily propped up by a great offensive coach in Brian Daboll.
The deal can be moved on after two years, but even still, I find it to be a terrible contract. Schoen also decided to put the franchise tag on running back Saquon Barkley, who is now not going to sign the tag and will be skipping the beginning of the Giants’ offseason programming.
The idea of paying running backs in today’s NFL is a sticky topic. Barkley is an injury prone player, and it does seem like the Giants do want to agree to an extension with Barkley, but why?
He’s missed 20 games in four seasons and his yards per carry this year was a “meh” 4.4. Not only that, but their talented defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence also plans on skipping the beginning of the Giants’ offseason programming.
Lawrence is entering the last year of his rookie deal, which is usually when contract extensions are signed by worthy players.
Even though Barkley is a running back, he is still a better player than Daniel Jones, as is Lawrence, but Joe Schoen decided to give Daniel Jones $40 million a season rather than extending Barkley and Lawrence?
I just don’t entirely understand what the Giants are doing here. They extended the wrong player, in my opinion. And now, they have their two best players not reporting to their offseason programming because of their contract issues.
What a mess Joe Schoen has created so far.