General Manager Joe Schoen and Head Coach Brian Daboll expressed their pleasure with their first season running the New York Giants, as Big Blue returned to the postseason for the first time in six years. Now the focus shifts to what will be a busy off-season.
And a lot of that hard work will be centered around two men: quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley.
Both are scheduled to be free agents this spring, and the Giants appear to be stressing the need to retain Jones and build around the quarterback. When pressed by media at Monday’s press conference, Schoen said the goal is to meet with Jones’ representatives and hammer something out.
Joe Schoen is asked if he think Daniel Jones can lead a team to a Super Bowl, and in answering indicates he expects Jones to be back next season:— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 23, 2023
"We're happy Daniel is going to be here, hopefully we can get something done with his representatives" pic.twitter.com/6iViSuHl3E
Jones enjoyed the best year of his career under Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, tossing for 3,205 yards 15 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Jones also ran for a career best 708 yards this year, proving to be a duel threat for New York out of the backfield.
It makes all the sense in the world for the Giants to retain Jones long-term, if not franchise tag him. A franchise tag this year would cost roughly $31.7 million.
As for Barkley, the feeling is the Giants are “less optimistic,” but would like to have Barkley return.
“Saquon is a good player, a great teammate and someone I liked getting to know and I’d love to have him back. We would love to have Saquon back if it works out.”- Giants GM Joe Schoen on if he wants to re-sign Saquon Barkley. pic.twitter.com/ei6UvPIFdJ— Doug Rush (@TheDougRush) January 24, 2023
Barkley ran for over 1,300 yards in his fifth season with the Giants. It was a bounce back year for Barkley after two years on the injury list with knee injuries.
There is always the chance the Giants could franchise tag Barkley, who is also looking for a long term deal.
Asked Saquon Barkley about how he'd feel getting franchise tagged:— Charlotte Carroll (@charlottecrrll) January 22, 2023
"I don't think anybody in their right mind would say that they would love to be franchise tagged. You want stability. You want a long term deal.” pic.twitter.com/2PJf6LtAe3