Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka tempered their enthusiasm over Daniel Jones’ record-setting performance in the Giants’ Wild Card win in Minnesota one week ago.
Daboll called Jones’ dynamic outing “good.” Kafka deadpanned that Jones had done “a nice job.”
So Jones can be excused for his own non-committal answer after Saturday’s elimination blowout loss in Philadelphia about wanting to stay in New York.
Jones clarified at Sunday’s breakup day in East Rutherford, N.J., after sleeping on it, that he would “love to be back.” But he still made it clear that he doesn’t know where this will go.
“I’ve really enjoyed being here,” he said. “I have nothing but love and respect for this organization. I’d love to be back. But we’ll see, and there’s a business side of it, too. So I’m very grateful to be here and be a part of it.”
The most likely scenario is that the Giants will use either the transition tag ($30.4 million) or franchise tag ($32.4 million) on Jones when their window opens to do so on Feb. 21.
It’s possible that the Giants, emboldened by ownership’s belief in Jones, will pay him big money for his improvement and impressive postseason victory. It’s also possible that GM Joe Schoen and Jones’ agent won’t find common ground and the QB could be back on the one-year tag.
Saquon Barkley, on the other hand, said exactly what will get a multi-year contract done for him to remain a Giant.
“I’m not really too concerned about resetting any markets or anything like that,” he said. “I