Feb 9, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, US; Saquon Barkley poses for a photo on the red carpet before the NFL Honors award show at Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants coach tight-lipped on Saquon Barkley’s status

New York Giants coach Brian Daboll attempted to get ahead of the game on Thursday when addressing reporters about the status of running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley has yet to sign a franchise-tag tender the team placed on him on March 8. That came immediately after the Giants completed a four-year, $160 contract with quarterback Daniel Jones that includes $82 million guaranteed.

“I would say with Saquon, that situation is going to be between Saquon and the organization,” Daboll said as part of his introduction. “I’m not going to get into detail of any of the discussions we’ve had.”

When asked if he was working under the impression that Barkley would be in camp in the summer, Daboll was quick with a response.

“I respect the question, but I’m not going to get into any talks about contracts, what could happen, about what could not happen, out of respect for the situation,” Daboll said.

Barkley and the Giants have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal. Barring a new contract, Barkley would either have to sign the tender for 2023 or, if he chooses not to, sit out the season.

Barkley, 26, finished fourth in the NFL in rushing in 2022, made his second Pro Bowl and was a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year. New York drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2018.

–Field Level Media

January 1, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) catches a pass against San Francisco 49ers safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. (31) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants to acquire TE Darren Waller from Raiders

The New York Giants are acquiring former Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

The Raiders will receive the No. 100 overall pick of the draft. That selection was the compensatory pick originally awarded to the Chiefs that Kansas City sent to the Giants in a trade for wideout Kadarius Toney on Oct. 22.

Trades cannot become official until the start of the league year on Wednesday.

The reported acquisition of Waller will give a big-play target to Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who earlier this month agreed to terms on a four-year, $160 million contract.

Waller, 30, has spent the past five seasons with the Raiders franchise. Last season, injuries limited him to just nine games (six starts), and he made 28 catches for 388 yards and three touchdowns.

Waller had back-to-back seasons of more than 1,100 yards in 2019 and 2020. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2020.

Last September, Waller signed a three-year, $51 million contract extension with $22 million in guaranteed money.

–Field Level Media

Jan 21, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFC divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Daniel Jones set to tend to business with contract in tow

Wearing a loose-fitting grey sweatshirt, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was otherwise all business on Wednesday, one day after agreeing to terms on a four-year, $160 million contract.

The agreement — which includes $82 million guaranteed at signing and $35 million in incentives — came just minutes before the 4 p.m. ET deadline for teams to use their franchise tag.

Jones was in the Giants’ facility when he found out the deal was done at roughly 3:53 p.m. ET. His agents told him the details, and he promptly accepted the contract.

A gaudy deal notwithstanding, Jones said he doesn’t feel any additional pressure to play like a franchise quarterback. Jones woke up Wednesday with the same annual salary, $40 million, as Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.

“I’ve always felt that responsibility. … I take that responsibility very seriously,” he said.

As well he should, considering Giants general manager Joe Schoen was asked if his team can win a Super Bowl with Jones under center.

“Yeah, yeah. Everyone’s goal is to win a Super Bowl,” Schoen said.

If the Giants didn’t reach agreement with Jones on a long-term contract, he would have been tagged. Instead, the Giants used the non-exclusive franchise tag on running back Saquon Barkley.

“It’s my first time going through (the negotiation process),” Jones said. “There’s certainly a lot of you know (and) there’s an emotional component to it, you know, as well. And you know we went up to the deadline as you know.”

Jones, 25, had a breakout season in 2022, playing a career-high 16 games. He didn’t miss any games because of injury for the first time in his four seasons. He sat out Week 18 to rest for the postseason.

Jones completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns against five interceptions in 2022. He also rushed for 708 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s thrown for 11,603 yards and 60 TDs against 34 interceptions for his career. He’s 21-31-1 as the Giants’ starter since being selected No. 6 overall in the 2019 draft.

The Giants undoubtedly will aim to build a cohesive coach-quarterback tandem they haven’t seen since the long relationship between Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin ended after the 2015 season. Jones played under his third coach, Brian Daboll, in four seasons in 2022 and led New York to a 9-7-1 record and the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Last April, the Giants declined Jones’ fifth-year option worth $22.38 million for 2023.

Having Barkley return to the backfield under the $10.09 million franchise tag price only can help Daboll and Jones, although Barkley had hoped to strike a long-term deal. Negotiations took place last season and again in January, but weren’t fruitful.

“(Barkley) means a ton to me as a teammate and as a friend and he means a ton to us as a player,” Jones said.

Barkley congratulated Jones via Twitter on Tuesday. Schoen said Wednesday negotiations with Barkley will continue with the goal of reaching a long-term agreement palatable to either side.

“We love Saquon. He’s a good teammate, he’s a captain, he’s a hell of a player,” Schoen said.

–Field Level Media

Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones of the Giants in the second half. The Houston Texans at the New York Giants in a game played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on November 13, 2022.

The Houston Texans Face The New York Giants In A Game Played At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On November 13 2022

Reports: Giants, Daniel Jones agree to 4-year, $160M deal

The New York Giants and quarterback Daniel Jones agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal with an additional $35 million in incentives, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The agreement came just minutes before the 4 p.m. ET deadline for teams to use their franchise tag. It reportedly includes $82 million in guaranteed money.

If the Giants didn’t reach agreement with Jones on a long-term contract, he would have been tagged. Instead, multiple reports Wednesday indicate the Giants now will use the franchise tag on running back Saquon Barkley.

Jones, 25, had a breakout season in 2022, playing a career-high 16 games. He didn’t miss any games because of injury for the first time in his four seasons. He sat out Week 18 to rest for the postseason.

Jones completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns against five interceptions in 2022. He also rushed for 708 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s thrown for 11,603 yards and 60 TDs against 34 interceptions for his career. He’s 21-31-1 as the Giants’ starter since being selected No. 6 overall in the 2019 draft.

The Giants undoubtedly will aim to build a cohesive coach-quarterback tandem they haven’t seen since the long relationship between Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin ended after the 2015 season. Jones played under his third coach, Brian Daboll, in four seasons in 2022 and led New York to a 9-7-1 record and the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Last April, the Giants declined Jones’ fifth-year option worth $22.38 million for 2023.

Having Barkley return to the backfield under the $10.09 million franchise tag price only can help Daboll and Jones, although Barkley had hoped to strike a long-term deal. Barkley played for $7.2 million in his fifth-year option last season and was looking for a sizable raise as part of a new contract.

Barkley rushed for a career-high 1,312 yards and added 10 rushing touchdowns last season after battling injuries the previous two seasons. He reportedly previously turned down a deal worth more than $12 million annually.

The Giants selected Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, sandwiched between quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.

Barkley, 26, is a two-time All-Pro selection. In 60 NFL games, Barkley has carried the ball 954 yards for 4,249 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also has 247 receptions for 1,820 receiving yards and eight more TDs.

–Field Level Media

Jan 21, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs with the football against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFC divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Reps for Daniel Jones in NJ meeting with Giants

Agents for quarterback Daniel Jones are in New Jersey on Monday to meet with New York Giants brass in the hopes of striking an agreement on a new contract, NFL Network and Sports Illustrated reported.

The sides met in Indianapolis during the scouting combine but Jones’ reps left with no resolution in sight, according to a NFL Network report over the weekend.

The fact that Jones’ agents are now meeting with the Giants in person has fueled speculation that the sides are getting closer to a deal ahead of Tuesday’s franchise tag deadline.

If no deal is in place, the Giants are expected to tag Jones. The sides would then have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

Jones recently changed representation, switching from CAA to Athletes First in search of a lucrative long-term deal. Jones reportedly seeks a deal worth $45 million per year. The 2023 tag for QBs is $32.416 million.

The Giants declined Jones’ fifth-year option last year.

Jones, 25, had a breakout season in 2022, playing a career-high 16 games. He didn’t miss any games because of injury for the first time in his four seasons. He sat out Week 18 to rest for the postseason.

Jones completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns against five interceptions in 2022. He also rushed for 708 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s thrown for 11,603 yards and 60 TDs against 34 INTs for his career. He’s 21-31-1 as the Giants’ starter since being selected No. 6 overall in the 2019 draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 21, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs with the football against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFC divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants QB Daniel Jones wants $45M per season

New York quarterback Daniel Jones is switching representation ahead of negotiations with the Giants and is looking for a contract worth upward of $45 million per season, Pro Football Talk reported Monday.

Jones is switching from CAA to Athletes First in search of a lucrative long-term deal, seen as a power move by the quarterback, who didn’t have his fifth-year option picked up by the Giants last year.

Athletes First has engineered the largest QB deals in NFL history (at the time they happened) five times, including for Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott, according to the New York Post.

Further, the Post reported that talks between the Giants and Jones got off to a “bumpier start” than expected. The Giants were expecting a long-term deal with Jones at around $35 million per season, per ESPN.

It all but ensures Jones is heading for the franchise tag in 2023 if the sides can’t reach agreement on a deal by March 7, the deadline to use the tag. The non-exclusive QB tag this year is $32.4 million. Jones could sign with another team on that tag but at a cost of two first-round picks.

Jones, 25, had a breakout season in 2022, playing a career-high 16 games. He didn’t miss any games because of injury for the first time in his four seasons. He sat out Week 18 to rest for the postseason.

Jones completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns against five interceptions in 2022. He also rushed for 708 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s thrown for 11,603 yards and 60 TDs against 34 INTs for his career. He’s 21-31-1 as the Giants’ starter since being selected No. 6 overall in the 2019 draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10) and Daniel Jones (8) warm up prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones received ‘little pep talk’ from Eli Manning

During Monday night’s “ManningCast” of the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-14 wild-card win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Eli Manning discussed the advice he gave to his successor with the New York Giants.

Manning said Giants quarterback Daniel Jones reached out to him before his first playoff game Sunday, and Manning kept it brief with a “little pep talk.” The Giants went on to upset the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 and Jones drew plaudits for his performance.

“With Daniel, I never reach out to Daniel,” Manning said. “I told him, ‘I’m always a resource for you. I’m here for you. I’m not going to be the annoying guy like calling you and telling you what you should do or shouldn’t.’

“But he reached out and was kind of like, ‘Hey, first playoff game. Anything I need to know about?’ And I said, ‘Just play the way you’ve been playing. You don’t all of a sudden get to the playoffs and say I’ve got to try to change something or do something new.’ I said, ‘You’ve been playing great all year.’”

Manning said Jones asked if the old adage that the playoffs are “faster” had any truth behind it.

“I’m like, ‘That’s just something people say because they’ve got to say something,’” Manning said. “The speed’s the same. No one all of a sudden gets faster all of a sudden for this game. It’s just if people are playing harder, you’re going to play harder. … People are just going to the whistle.”

Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns and added 78 rushing yards. He became the first player in NFL history to reach 300 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and 70 rushing yards in a playoff game.

Sunday marked New York’s first playoff victory since 2011, the second of two Super Bowl runs by Manning’s Giants. Manning was the MVP of both Super Bowls (XLII and XLVI) and started 234 games at quarterback for the Giants until his retirement following the 2019 season, the same year New York drafted Jones sixth overall.

The sixth-seeded Giants will visit the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night in the divisional round.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (12) throws the ball against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants elevate QB Davis Webb as Daniel Jones could sit out Sunday

The New York Giants activated quarterback Davis Webb from the practice squad on Saturday, a move that indicates starter Daniel Jones could take the day off on Sunday in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Win or lose, the Giants (9-6-1) are locked into the No. 6 in the NFC playoffs.

Veteran backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor could start in Philadelphia on Sunday, but the New York Post reported that it will be Webb, 27, who gets his first career start.

Webb, the Giants’ third-round draft pick in 2017, has appeared in one NFL regular-season game and has yet to throw a pass.

The Giants also activated defensive lineman Jack Heflin from the practice squad. Heflin, 24, appeared in four games last season with the Green Bay Packers, making one tackle.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones moves from injury report to starting lineup

Daniel Jones draws the start for the New York Giants in London on Sunday after being removed from the team’s injury report and participating in Friday’s workout to prepare for the Green Bay Packers.

Jones left the Giants’ win over the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter and had his ankle heavily taped on the sideline before being forced back into the game due to backup Tyrod Taylor’s head injury.

Jones did not attempt another pass — only handoffs to running back Saquon Barkley — in the game and his status for Week 5 had been up in the air due to limited participation in practice.

But Jones was removed from the injury report and said he is good to go for the International Series date Sunday.

Whether he’ll have many capable hands around him is another question. Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and Kenny Golladay (knee) are out this week and Sterling Shepard (knee) was lost for the season.

Leading receiver Richie James, limited in Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury, was a full participant on Friday.

The Packers removed cornerback Jaire Alexander and left tackle David Bakhtiari from the injury report.

–Field Level Media