NFC East Reporter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Joe Schoen was at all times sincere in regards to the mess he inherited when he was employed by the Giants one yr in the past. It’s why his expectations have been at all times modest for the primary yr.
“I think it goes back to my opening press conference,” the Giants GM mentioned on Monday. “The query was, ‘What’s a profitable season?’ We wished to see progress.
“I believe you noticed that all through the season.”
Now everybody goes to need to see extra.
It is unavoidable that the bar will be raised for Schoen and the Giants after their impressive 9-7-1 season came to an end with a “crash touchdown,” as coach Brian Daboll called it, in a 38-7 loss in the divisional playoffs in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Just getting to the postseason exceeded almost everyone’s expectations. They will be expected to do it again in 2023.
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But whether or not they can depends upon what Schoen does subsequent. The Giants proper now are projected to have about $54 million in wage cap house this offseason, based on OverTheCap.com. But that quantity would not embrace their franchise quarterback or their proficient working again, who collectively might simply eat greater than half of that. They produce other free brokers to take care of too, like security Julian Love and middle Jon Feliciano.
They even have numerous holes to fill in the event that they need to take regardless of the subsequent step is in 2023.
First, although, they should care for their very own enterprise. So this is a take a look at 5 key gamers they should take care of within the coming months. How they do it should form how the remainder of their offseason goes:
QB Daniel Jones — Co-owner John Mara made it clear that the Giants have discovered their franchise quarterback, and Schoen mentioned on Monday “We’d like Daniel to be here.”. Making certain he would not hit free company is the highest offseason precedence for the Giants. The solely query is how they will do it, and the way a lot they will pay.
“We feel like Daniel played well this season,” Schoen mentioned. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. There’s a business side to it. We haven’t gone down that road yet. But we would like to have DJ back.
Their “enterprise” issue is that quarterbacks are expensive. Considering the contract Ryan Tannehill signed in 2020 pays him an average of $29.5 million, and Derek Carr makes an average of $40.5 million on the deal he signed in April, the idea of Jones getting $40 million per season isn’t crazy. It might even be likely, considering there are multiple teams hoping a quarterback like him hits free agency and that the franchise tag is expected to be $32.5 million.
The Giants would rather sign him than use the tag on him, according to a source, but it depends on whether they can get him at something close to a reasonable price.
Will Jones be reasonable? “I really like this place,” he said on Monday. “I need to be right here.” Of course, he also said he has a “good sense” of what franchise quarterbacks make. And he surely hasn’t forgotten that the Giants turned down his $22.4 million fifth-year option last May, daring him to prove his worth this season — which he did.
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RB Saquon Barkley — The 25-year-old is the preferred participant within the franchise and the Giants need him again too, however they seem to have their spending limits. Schoen mentioned he needs Barkley again in 2023 “if it works out.” He additionally would not say how he values working backs in his team-building philosophy.
“Listen, Saquon’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s a good football player,” Schoen mentioned. “The positional value … we’ll get into how we want to build this team and allocate our resources. That’s what it comes down to.”
The Giants approached Barkley’s brokers a couple of contract on the bye week, and based on a supply they supplied a multi-year deal value about $12 million per season. “We weren’t really that close,” Schoen mentioned. “We were off on the value.”
Barkley, based on a supply, had been hoping for a deal within the Christian McCaffrey vary — $16 million per season —however he mentioned on Monday he could be “realistic” although he did not outline what which means.
“I’m not really too concerned about resetting any markets,” he mentioned. “I know what I was on pace to do, but having two years filled up with injuries and having a season not performing to the level I know I can perform (last year) doesn’t help.”
The Giants won’t be keen to go far over their bye week provide, particularly once they can use the franchise tag on him for simply $10.1 million for one yr.
DT Dexter Lawrence — They have just a little little bit of time with their stud defensive sort out as a result of they picked up his fifth-year possibility for 2023 for $12.4 million. But they’d prefer to decrease that cap quantity and Schoen was clear that Lawrence has earned a long-term deal.
“Yeah, I would say Dexter has done enough,” Schoen mentioned.
The going fee for defensive tackles is someplace within the vary of $17-21 million per yr, which is loads. The Giants assume Lawrence, who had 7.5 sacks this season, is value it however they might should divert cap room from someplace else. Or they might wait a yr and danger his worth going approach up.
DL Leonard Williams — With a wage cap variety of $32.26 million for 2023, Williams is a chief candidate for a pay lower. But will he settle for it? He first mentioned “I would probably consider it” on Monday, however then he walked it again and mentioned he’d have to speak to his agent.
Schoen joked that he preferred Williams’ first reply. Clearly, he is aware of that cap quantity — one of many highest for a non-quarterback within the NFL — is simply an excessive amount of for a participant who had simply 2.5 sacks final season and missed video games (5) with accidents for the primary time in his profession. He’s nonetheless solely 28, however he is now not one of the best participant on the road
They might lower him as a post-June 1 lower and clear about $18 million in house, although even that would go away $14.3 million in “dead money” on their books. They might restructure his deal, however Schoen would not like doing that as a result of it pushes cap hits into future seasons. Ideally, Williams would settle for a lower to his $18 million wage, but it surely’s actually under no circumstances clear whether or not he — or his brokers — might be OK with that.
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S Julian Love — Another participant the Giants approached in the course of the bye week a couple of new contract, so sure, they need him again. But Schoen mentioned they weren’t shut with him both. His worth may very well be excessive. Love mentioned on Monday “I think I made a huge impact on this team this year, not just with play but with who I am as a person.”
He additionally added “I have to do the best thing for me” and that he needs to “secure generational wealth” for his household, based on the New York Post.
Safety salaries have exploded in recent times. And whereas the 24-year-old Love in all probability will not get the $14 million-plus per yr the highest ones get, he may command greater than $10 million per yr on the open market. That chance will in all probability drive him to a minimum of check his worth in free company, and that might current an issue for the Giants due to all their different priorities, and with security Xavier McKinney eligible to barter a contract extension this offsesason, too.
Ralph Vacchiano is the NFC East reporter for FOX Sports, overlaying the Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He spent the earlier six years overlaying the Giants and Jets for SNY TV in New York, and earlier than that, 16 years overlaying the Giants and the NFL for the New York Daily News. Follow him Twitter at @RalphVacchiano.
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