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Daniel Jones’ Return Doesn’t Take Giants Out Of QB Market

  • The Draft Network
  • December 27, 2021
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The New York Giants are an unmitigated disaster. Sunday's blowout loss (34-10) to their NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles dropped the Giants to a hopeless 4-11 on the year. Former Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm earned his first career start, but was predictably ineffective, completing just 6-of-17 passes for 25 yards and an interception before making way for veteran journeymen Mike Glennon, who he had replaced in New York's starting lineup in the first place.

Sunday's uninspiring performance wasn't the only development that had Giants fans particularly upset. According to multiple reports, the Giants are planning to retain head coach Joe Judge and quarterback Daniel Jones for the 2022 season. This decision has allegedly been made prior to the hiring of a new general manager, seeing that Dave Gettleman's expiring contract is largely expected to go unrenewed. Making such significant decisions before consulting with the future shot-caller speaks to a different level of incompetence, but that's another article for another day.

Jones may be a member of the 2022 Giants, but this development hardly guarantees him a starting role—and Giants fans should cling onto that thought as #hope. Jones is rather inexpensive to roster next season, as the former Duke signal-caller is set to earn just $965,000 in base salary while accounting for just north of $8 million toward the salary cap. They represent extremely cap-friendly numbers for a quarterback that is plenty worthy of being a No. 2 on an NFL depth chart. Jones may have failed to cement himself as New York's face of the franchise going forward, but dumping him altogether makes zero sense from a financial point of view.

The report appears concerning on the surface, but it doesn't, and shouldn't take New York out of the quarterback market this offseason. The Giants remain primed to make a notable effort at changing their quarterback fortunes for the better. With the likes of Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson expected to be available via trade, look for New York's next head-honcho to immediately leave his mark on a developing roster. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are also expected to seek out an upgrade under center, but they're part of a group that could fail to match the ammunition New York has at their disposal. 

The Giants are currently slated to make two selections in the top 10 of the 2022 NFL Draft, due in part to last year's draft-day blockbuster that allowed the Chicago Bears to select Justin Fields. Those two premium draft selections could be the focus of trade talks that sees New York ultimately land a veteran quarterback capable of turning things around in The Big Apple. Jones' inexpensive and team-friendly contract isn't going to prevent a general manager that didn't draft him from relentlessly pursuing a quarterback.

Rest easy, Giants fans. As much as things may appear the same, change is on the horizon.

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