According to a source knowledgeable about the situation, Daniel Jones, the quarterback for the New York Giants, has transitioned from CAA to Athletes First for his agent representation. The source believes that Jones is looking for a more substantial contract than what CAA and the Giants have offered, perhaps as much as $45 million per year.
In response, the Giants could choose to employ the franchise tag on Jones, with the non-exclusive level costing approximately $32 million, which seems to be the probable course of action. If any other team wishes to sign Jones for more in free agency, they would also have to give up two first-round draft picks.
Given Jones’ seems to have a desire for a long-term commitment of $40+ million or more annually, it appears logical for the Giants to use the franchise tag on him for the 2023 season. Although Jones’ stats don’t seem that great on paper compared to other top QBs in the league, he had his best year in 2022, finishing with a career-high in rushing yards and touchdowns.
Would using the franchise tag potentially sour the relationship between Jones and the Giants? Potentially preventing a long term deal from ever getting done. Ideally, the two parties will come to a mutually beneficial agreement that gets Jones paid as a top 10 to 15 QB with flexibility remaining to build out the roster.