Daniel Jones threw for over 3,200 yards over the course of the 2022 season and helped lead the New York Giants into the postseason.
After struggling badly in his first three seasons in the NFL, first-year head coach Brian Daboll helped turn things around for Jones. The Giants decided not to exercise Jones’ fifth-year option before the start of the 2022 season.
Former first-round draft pick future in New York is unclear as he will now face Free Agency after the final year of his rookie contract. However, one of Jones’ former teammates said he believes the quarterback has proven he deserves a long-term contract with the Giants.
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James Bradberry spent two seasons with the Giants, and during that time he was able to watch Jones practice every week. Although Bradberry now plays for the Eagles, he still wants to see his old teammate rewarded with a new contract. He even had a suggestion as to how much Jones should be paid.
“I hope he pulls it off,” Bradberry told the New York Post. “I hope he turns 35.” The number 35 likely signifies a $35 million a year contact.
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The Giants have the option to franchise-tag Jones for 2023, but the front office has previously expressed interest in keeping the 25-year-old quarterback long-term.
“We’re excited to have Daniel here,” general manager Joe Schoen said in January. “Hopefully we can achieve something with his representatives. That would be the goal, to build a team around him that he could lead us to winning a Super Bowl with.”
Bradberry added that he believes Jones has shown he’s a franchise player.
“I definitely think Daniel is a franchise quarterback and I think this season has shown that and also given him some confidence to know that he’s a franchise quarterback,” Bradberry added. “And he definitely has the guys over there supporting him in terms of the coaches and the attacking players. I feel like he’s the guy and they should stick with him.”
But Bradberry wasn’t the only ex-teammate to shower Jones with praise. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney is also gearing up to play in Super Bowl LVII but noted that Jones is an impressive quarterback.
“I think he was a great quarterback,” Toney said. “He just has to find a system, I think.”
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Bradberry also spoke about Jones’ intangibles and leadership skills. “I saw his work ethic and his game this year showed it on the field,” he said.
“I also saw how the guys react to him. I’ve always seen that from afar. Like Saquon [Barkley], the offensive linemen, all these guys love him. He’s a great guy and a great quarterback. He can put the ball where you need it and he can play with his legs too. He checks all the boxes for me.”
Also in January, two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning endorsed Jones, saying, “I hope he’s the Giants’ quarterback for a long time to come.”
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Bradberry and the Eagles became the first team to defeat the Giants three times in a single season.
https://www.foxnews.com/sports/eagles-james-bradberry-backs-ex-teammate-daniel-jones-giants-weigh-contract-extension-hope-gets-it Eagles’ James Bradberry supports ex-teammate Daniel Jones as Giants weigh contract extension: ‘Hope he gets it’