Giants decline fifth-year option on Daniel Jones

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The Giants have made a pair of key decisions on their two 2019 first-round draft picks.

According to multiple reports, New York has declined quarterback Daniel Jones‘ fifth-year option for 2023. But the club announced that it’s picked up defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence‘s fifth-year option.

The Giants’ announcement on Lawrence made no mention of Jones.

New York was widely expected to decline Jones’ option. If they had exercised it, Jones would have been guaranteed a $22 million salary for the 2023 season. If Jones starts in 2022 and plays well, he’ll certainly be a candidate to be franchise tagged before hitting the open market. But if not, then he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next March.

At quarterback, the Giants currently have only Tyrod Taylor under contract for 2023.

In 11 games last season, Jones completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He missed the backend of the season with a neck injury, but has said he expects to be ready for the upcoming year.

Lawrence was the 17th overall pick in 2019 and is now set to make $10.8 million guaranteed in 2023. He recorded 54 total tackles last year with five tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, and 2.5 sacks. In 48 games over three seasons, he has 9.0 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and 30 QB hits.

56 responses to “Giants decline fifth-year option on Daniel Jones

  1. Its the best thing for Jones and the Giants. See if this motivates hiim for a long term contract and if not, cut ties. Either way, if he lights it up under the new staff he was getting an extension if they picked up his 5th year or not.

  2. Welcome to Backup QB land. Not what you hoped for, but not a bad place to be– making $1 – $3 million a year for the next decade.

  3. Coming out of college, I thought he would’ve gained like 30lbs of muscle or something by now. If he had the build of Cam or Wentz, he may have faired better injury wise.

  4. So announced now to motivate another team to jump ahead for a QB? Could be useful for the Jets if anyone thinks there is a QB in the draft worth the 4 pick. Highly unlikely I would think.

  5. On behalf of the entire NFC East, I think I speak for all of us when I say I am sorry the Giants didn’t re-sign him.

  6. Hurry, run to the media about how the team disrespected you, refuse to play the final year of your deal and demand a trade. Only losers accept they didn’t play well enough to earn job security. I got that from the Baker Mayfield school of quarterbacking.

  7. Yup…that was a smart move. Guess the Mannings endorsements were wrong.

  8. As someone who saw him pull out a 4th quarter comeback win against a Saints team in the Dome that defeated GB, Tampa (twice) and NE (on the road), from what I saw he is capable. If he gets the right support and coaching he can be a decent #1 QB

  9. This not only puts the squeeze on Jones to play well, but the new management & coaches too.
    What if Jones plays just well enough to put the Giants out of position to get one of the top rated QB’s at this time next year? That would cause them to trade resources (players or picks) they may be reluctant to give up or may not even have.
    It’s possible they may try to find their “QB of the future” in tonight’s draft.

  10. “Danny Dimes”

    I mean, the people of NY/NJ are so obnoxious they actually give their QBs a nickname after 1 season.

    Mark “Sanchise”.

    It goes on and on and on….It never ends.

    LOL!

  11. The team has until May 2nd to offer the 5th year option. I’m not saying they won’t take a QB but now they’ve made it look like they will. Which may entice teams like Carolina, Steelers, or Saints to move either to trade for 5 or jump them for 4+. IF the Giants don’t actually want a QB having one come off the board before they select (which is very unlikely at this point) gives them a player they do want, or they can net a lot of draft capital for a team that wants a QB. Carolina pulled the same stunt with Darnold last year to keep other teams off balance. Otherwise it makes little sense to tell the world your draft plans that way.

  12. Brian Daboll is not going to turn anything around for the Giants with Danny Dimes at QB.
    Josh Allen is a rare breed. Danny Dimes is… well, Danny Dimes. Best of luck

  13. Bigger surprise than Trubisky when drafted. Still, both have something to prove, but being an NFL QB is tough business. I believe both QBs can take their game to another level.

  14. Smart move. Now start Tyrod Taylor and cut Jones. You’ll have a much better season with Taylor.

  15. What a trash system.

    Giants: We’re not paying you $22m. Prove your worth a franchise tag that is of no long-term benefit to you.

    I hope Danny Dimes goes lights out this year and forces a trade. Absolutely so ridiculous how one-sided these rookie deals are. 5th year options gotta go, NFLPU.

  16. The neck injury must have been more serious than we were led to believe. He is done.

  17. With the Giants luck, Jones will play lights out football and then the Giants will have to pay out the nose for year 5.

    Jones has some upside, he looked great beating the Bucs his rookie year. I do worry about his neck though. There were some initial rumblings that it was career ending last year.

  18. webster8723 says:
    April 28, 2022 at 1:43 pm
    Brian Daboll is not going to turn anything around for the Giants with Danny Dimes at QB.
    Josh Allen is a rare breed. Danny Dimes is… well, Danny Dimes. Best of luck

    12Rate This

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    Mr Fumbles is a rare breed? The guy had 9 fumbles in 2019 and 20 turnovers.

    He has to run a lot to be effective with the hero ball. We heard the same thing about Lamar Jackson in 2019 and going into 2020.

    There is no other gear.

    Allen is clearly better than “Danny Dimes”, but Allen is far from a “rare breed”. The AFC is LOADED with new, young and good QBs.

    Loaded.

    Allen’s best window was last year.

  19. Well for all the talking up of Daniel Jones by Mara (and their new GM as well as HC Daboll) this move declining Jones 5th year option tells you what they really think of Daniel Jones and it doesn’t look like they believe in him much otherwise they’d of picked his option up.

  20. Smart, keep him as the starter this year. If it works out then great. If not then draft one next year.

  21. Re comment about thinking Daniel Jones would “gain 30 pounds” after college. There’s a video of him bench pressing 90 pound dumbbells – that’s a strong quarterback for sure. The Giants are making a mistake by not picking up his option – he is not a kid who needs that kind of so-called motivation. Build him a team!

  22. I love how some here are equating this to the Giants taking a QB in the draft tonight. Good grief.

    The Giants not picking up Jones’ 5th year option was a foregone conclusion MANY months ago….every Giants fan knew this.

    Schoen/Daboll made it clear from day 1 that they were going to give Jones this upcoming season to prove it. If he doesnt, they move on. They ARE NOT picking a QB in the 1st round, especially at either the 5 or 7 pick.

  23. I am sure Mara is thrilled he was able to scapegoat Joe Judge for this after only 2 seasons and a pandemic.

    Must be convenient.

    lol

  24. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Howell could get drafted by them, will they then ship Jones out to save salary?

  25. Imagine being so delusional that you try to trashtalk superstar Josh Allen who obliterated your pathetic team in historic fashion, while your team has the second coming of Andy Dalton at QB and is a joke lollll.
    Daniel Jones > Mac Jones.

  26. It is my sincere wish that DJ takes several steps and blossoms into a top tier QB.

  27. The Giants are definitely not taking a QB this year. And Jones, to his credit, won’t let this get into his head; he is nothing if not dedicated. Giants were not going to give him a new contract this year anyway so the option not being picked up is a non-event. If they beef up the line and make other improvements, he could go the Kirk Cousins route and make a fortune. But, granted, that is a big if, at the moment.

  28. Daniel Jones tackling himself on a 50 yard run with no one near him is right up there with the butt fumble.

  29. Heck , if Tom Brady can come back then Why not Eli?? I Guarantee you , Giants management has giving it some thought!

  30. The problem is he’s not a franchise QB. Simple as that really. You either are or you’re not. He’s not and never will be and nothing can change that.


  31. struckgold49er says:
    April 28, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Heck , if Tom Brady can come back then Why not Eli?? I Guarantee you , Giants management has giving it some thought”

    He was asked 2 years in a row. He won’t come back and hasn’t thrown at all since he retired. It’s a good idea though.

  32. domefieldadvantage says:
    April 28, 2022 at 1:21 pm
    As someone who saw him pull out a 4th quarter comeback win against a Saints team in the Dome that defeated GB, Tampa (twice) and NE (on the road), from what I saw he is capable. If he gets the right support and coaching he can be a decent #1 QB
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    Did I miss something? The Pats beat the Giants last year in the preseason and when they met in 2019. The Bucs with Tom Brady have beaten the Giants each of the last two seasons.

  33. “ Welcome to Backup QB land. Not what you hoped for, but not a bad place to be– making $1 – $3 million a year for the next decade.”

    Try more like 3mil – 6mil

  34. oh, the irony. all the armchair QBs and coaches on here bashing and trashing DJ. the ironic thing is even if he doesn’t sign another NFL contract, he will have made in four years MORE than you all will make in your entire life. plus, he got a free education at one of the best colleges in the U.S.

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