NFC East Reporter
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — 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 is why his expectations of him have been at all times modest for the primary yr.
“I believe it goes again to my opening press convention,” the Giants GM stated 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’s unavoidable that the bar will likely be raised for Schoen and the Giants after their spectacular 9-7-1 season got here to an finish with a “crash touchdown,” as coach Brian Daboll referred to as it, in a 38-7 loss within the divisional playoffs in Philadelphia on Saturday night time. Simply attending to the postseason exceeded virtually everybody’s expectations. They are going to be anticipated to do it once more in 2023.
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However whether or not they can rely on what Schoen does subsequent. The Giants proper now are projected to have about $54 million in wage cap house this offseason, in keeping with OverTheCap.com. However that quantity does not embody their franchise quarterback or their proficient working again, who collectively may simply devour greater than half of that. They produce other free brokers to cope with too, like security Julian Love and heart Jon Feliciano.
Additionally they have plenty of holes to fill in the event that they need to take regardless of the subsequent step is in 2023.
First, although, they should handle their very own enterprise. So here is a take a look at 5 key gamers they should cope with within the coming months. How they do it can 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 stated on Monday “We might like Daniel to be right here.” Ensuring he does not hit free company is the highest offseason precedence for the Giants. The one query is how they’re going to do it, and the way a lot they’re going to pay.
“We really feel like Daniel performed properly this season,” Schoen stated. “He is executed all the pieces we have requested him to do. There is a enterprise aspect to it. We have not gone down that highway but. However we want to have DJ again.
Their “enterprise” challenge is that quarterbacks are costly. Contemplating the contract Ryan Tannehill signed in 2020 pays him a mean of $29.5 million, and Derek Carr makes a mean of $40.5 million on the deal he signed in April, the thought of Jones getting $40 million per season is not loopy. It would even be probably, contemplating there are a number of groups hoping a quarterback like him hits free company and that the franchise tag is predicted to be $32.5 million.
The Giants would moderately signal him than use the tag on him, in keeping with a supply, but it surely relies on whether or not they can get him at one thing near an affordable value.
Will Jones be cheap? “I really like this place,” he stated on Monday. “I need to be right here.” After all, he additionally stated he has a “good sense” of what franchise quarterbacks make. And he absolutely hasn’t forgotten that the Giants turned down his $22.4 million fifth-year possibility final Could, daring him to show his price this season — which he did.
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RB Saquon Barkley — The 25-year-old is the most well-liked participant within the franchise and the Giants need him again too, however they seem to have their spending limits. Schoen stated he needs Barkley again in 2023 “if it really works out.” He additionally wouldn’t say how he values working backs in his team-building philosophy of him.
“Hear, Saquon’s executed all the pieces we have requested him to do and he is a great soccer participant,” Schoen stated. “The positional worth… we’ll get into how we need to construct this group and allocate our sources. That is what it comes all the way down to.”
The Giants approached Barkley’s brokers a few contract on the bye week, and in keeping with a supply they provided a multi-year deal price about $12 million per season. “We weren’t actually that shut,” Schoen stated. “We have been off on the worth.”
Barkley, in keeping with a supply, had been hoping for a deal within the Christian McCaffrey vary — $16 million per season — however he stated on Monday he can be “reasonable” although he did not outline what meaning.
“I am probably not too involved about resetting any markets,” he stated. “I do know what I used to be on tempo to do, however having two years crammed up with accidents and having a season not performing to the extent I do know I can carry out (final yr) does not assist.”
The Giants won’t be prepared to go far over their bye week supply, particularly after they can use the franchise tag on him for simply $10.1 million for one yr.
DT Dexter Lawrence — They’ve a bit of little bit of time with their stud defensive deal with as a result of they picked up his fifth-year possibility for 2023 for $12.4 million. However they’d prefer to decrease that cap quantity and Schoen was clear that Lawrence has earned a long-term deal.
“Yeah, I’d say Dexter has executed sufficient,” Schoen stated.
The going charge for defensive tackles is someplace within the vary of $17-21 million per yr, which is loads. The Giants suppose Lawrence, who had 7.5 sacks this season, is price it however they could should divert cap room from some other place. Or they may wait a yr and danger his value going method up.
DL leonard williams — With a wage cap variety of $32.26 million for 2023, Williams is a first-rate candidate for a pay lower. However will he settle for it? He first stated “I’d in all probability think about it” on Monday, however then he walked it again and stated he’d have to speak to his agent about him.
Schoen joked that he favored 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 is nonetheless solely 28, however he is not the perfect participant on the road
They may 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 “lifeless cash” on their books. They may restructure his deal, however Schoen does 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 from him, but it surely’s actually by no means clear whether or not he — or his brokers from him — will likely be OK with that.
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S Julian Love — One other participant the Giants approached in the course of the bye week a few new contract, so sure, they need him again. However Schoen stated they weren’t shut with him both. His value of him could possibly be excessive. Love stated on Monday “I believe I made a huge effect on this group this yr, not simply with play however with who I’m as an individual.”
He additionally added “I’ve to do the perfect factor for me” and that he needs to “safe generational wealth” for his household, in keeping with the New York Put up.
Security salaries have exploded lately. 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 risk will in all probability drive him to a minimum of check his worth of him 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 offensesason, too.
Ralph Vacchiano is the NFC East reporter for FOX Sports activities, 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 Each day Information. Comply with him Twitter at @RalphVacchiano.
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