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New York Giants sign QB Daniel Jones to 4-Year & place Franchise Tag on RB Saquon Barkley
On Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 the New York Giants signed their slightly above average starting quarterback, Daniel Jones, to a new 4 - year contract, and the New York Giants place their non - exclusive franchise tag on their veteran superstar running back, Saquon Barkley.
The New York Giants solidify deals with their biggest Offensive Players
The New York Giants made huge decisions regarding their immediate future just prior to last Tuesday’s 4 p. m. ET deadline for all NFL teams to use their franchise as well as transition tags. The New York Giants finalized their contractual agreement with Jones late last Tuesday night while placing their franchise tag on Saquon Barkley before the 4:00 p. m. ET NFL deadline on the past Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 too.
Daniel Jones’ new Contract with the New York Giants
The Jones' contract extension is valued up around approximately $160 million. This new deal includes $82 million in guaranteed total money at the time of the contract signing. The agreement also will incorporate somewhere near $35 million in built - in player incentives as well. Barkley will reportedly earn $10.091 million for the 2023 - 2024 NFL season under the non - exclusive NFL franchise tender that he had to sign with the New York Giants during the 2023 NFL offseason.
The New York Giants General Manager
The New York Giants general manager, Joe Schoen, had mentioned that the Giants desired to retain both of those key offensive components long - term, but the New York Giants were only able to retain Jones to an extensive contract while Barkley will only be there for the upcoming NFL season unless the New York Giants can strike up a new long - term deal for him too moving forward.
"We had productive conversations with Daniel and his representatives over the course of the past week or so," the New York Giants general manager, Joe Schoen, explained to the major sports media outlets during a press conference that took place to announce the Daniel Jones signing. "We are all pleased that we were able to come to an agreement prior to today's deadline. This gives us a greater ability to continue to build our roster."
Daniel, who will be turning 26 - years - old in May of 2023, is coming off his best statistical NFL season of his 4 - year career in the National Football League. Jones managed to lead the New York Giants to their 1st - winning record since being he was selected in the 1st - round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones also performed exceptionally well by leading the New York Giants to an NFL playoff victory over the Minnesota Vikings last season which spoke to the New York Giants granting him that new over market value contract that Daniel just inked.
Jones threw for 3,205 - passing yards to go along with his 15 - touchdowns and only 5 - interceptions throughout the 2022 - 2023 NFL season. He also ran for 708 - rushing yards as well as 7 - rushing touchdowns too.
"I said after the season I love this place," the New York Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones expressed in a recently released media statement. "I've really enjoyed my time here and I want to be here. I have great respect for this organization, the Maras, the Tisches, my coaches, and teammates. I am happy we were able to come to an agreement."
The status of Jones' contract was a major component in the New York Giants' 2023 NFL offseason in regards to their plans for Barkley, who was a key player and huge contributor to New York Giants’ offense and NFL playoff run throughout the 2022 - 2023 NFL season.
Schoen mentioned that the New York Giants were going to have to utilize their franchise tag on Jones if both sides at the table were unable to agree upon a reasonable deal, and that would have most likely developed in Saquon becoming an unrestricted free agent as the franchise tag would have gone to their starting quarterback in that scenario but luckily, they got to keep both of them for at least this upcoming NFL season.
Barkley had one hell of a bounce back season as he continuously demonstrated that he can be a significant big - play - maker while completing a full 17 - game NFL season in 2022 / 2023 for the first time since his rookie year with the New York Giants back in 2018. Saquon finished 4th - in the league with 1,312 - rushing yards last year. The former number 2 overall draft pick also scored 10 - touchdowns, had 32 - runs for 10 or more yards, and finished the season with 1,650 - yards from scrimmage in his route to becoming the runner - up for The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year Award.
The only possible issue encompassing Barkley’s rushing attack has been his ability to remain healthy and stay on the field for a full season while handling the majority of the New York Giants backfield production. Throughout Saquon’s 5 - year NFL career, he has struggled from dealing with various injuries for the past 3 - straight NFL seasons from 2019 through 2021. Barkley had to sit out of the majority of the 2020 - 2021 NFL season due to a torn ACL in his right knee, but when he is healthy, he is one of the best rushers in the entire National Football League these days.
Jones’ Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- Senior Bowl MVP Award Winner (2019)
- Independence Bowl MVP Award Winner (2018)
- Quick Lane Bowl MVP Award Winner (2017)
Barkley’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- 2 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2018, 2022)
- NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Winner (2018)
- PFWA All - Rookie Team Selection (2018)
- Consensus All - American Selection (2017)
- Paul Hornung Award Winner (2017)
- 2 - Time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2016, 2017)
- 2 - Time Ameche - Dayne Running Back of the Year Award Winner (2016, 2017)
- Rodgers - Dwight Return Specialist of the Year Award Winner (2017)
- 2 - Time First - Team All - Big Ten Selection (2016, 2017)
- Second - Team All - Big Ten Selection (2015)
Saquon Barkley’s NFL Records
- Most Receptions by a Rookie Running Back in a Single NFL Season with 91
“Giants strike deal with Daniel Jones, tag Saquon Barkley”, espn.com, Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
“Daniel Jones”, pro-football-reference.com, Thursday, March 9, 2023.
“Saquon Barkley”, pro-football-reference.com, Thursday, March 9, 2023.
Written by: David Green