Sometimes, it’s good to be wrong. We were certain the New York Giants had finally figured out that Daniel Jones ISN’T the man that can lead them to greater heights or push them past the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. We were wrong in our theory. They don’t know that at all.
We were certain that the G-Men had figured out, to take the next step, they can’t continue to rely on an offensive attack that asks Jones to win games and asks Saquon Barkley to be his lone weapon. We figured that out. It appears Big Blue didn’t. With all of that being said, we have an announcement to make.
The New York Giants have given the Eagles the opportunity to win the NFC East again by making two moves ahead of free agency.
Ahead of the 4 p.m. EST deadline the NFL set for each of its 32 teams to place the franchise tag on someone if they chose to do so, New York announced two moves. Both double as good news for the Birds.
The Giants signed Daniel Jones to a brand new four-year extension that will pay him $160 million. Barkley was given the franchise tag. We went to bed thinking that we had read a misprint or that we had drifted into some sort of weird daydream. We woke up, and the news hadn’t changed.
So, with those decisions, we’re ready to make an announcement. Eagles fans everywhere can rejoice. The Giants are trying to hand Philly the NFC East. They have officially assured themselves of two things.
One, that stale offense that we saw for much of last year’s regular and post-season campaigns won’t change much in 2023. Second, New York has no chance of competing in an improving NFC East.
As was the case last year (and the year before that), New York and the Washington Commanders will compete to determine who finishes third and fourth in the division while the Cowboys and Eagles continue to compete for the NFC East’s crown.
Someone send John Mara, Steve Tisch, and Joe Schoen a bottle of champagne.
Sure, Barkley had a nice comeback season, but for a man that’s battled injury while playing football’s most punishing position, it seems unfair to ask him to shoulder the same load and burden that he carried in 2022. Don’t be shocked if he takes a step backward.
Daniel Jones isn’t the same level of player as Jalen Hurts or Dak Prescott. That has been obvious for a while. New York’s four-year commitment to him ensures they’ll have, at best, the third-best quarterback in the division for at least the next four seasons.
The only franchise that seemingly doesn’t know that is the New York Giants. You can breathe a little easier as you move through the month of March. The Giants have thrown Philly an alley-oop pass. The slam dunk will come for the Eagles next season.