Saquon Barkley is a very good football player, and the Giants do not have nearly enough of those. In fact, they have three men on the roster with the talent to be the best in the world at what they do.
Barkley is one. Dexter Lawrence and Andrew Thomas are the others.
So it would make no sense for Barkley, who will only be 26 on opening day in September, to go spend the rest of his prime with someone else. He’s the most talented playmaker on the team, Daniel Jones included, and yet while conducting his season autopsy Monday general manager Joe Schoen was more definitive in his desire and intent to bring back his quarterback.
The GM effectively booked Jones for a return trip in first class by saying that “we’re happy Daniel’s going to be here,” and by stating that the Giants’ goal is “to build a team around him where he can lead us to win a Super Bowl.”
It makes sense, too. Jones has earned a new nine-figure contract the hard way, and he deserves whatever money he can make in free agency. He plays a position far more critical to a team’s success than a running back, and that’s just the way it goes.
But that doesn’t mean Barkley shouldn’t land his own multiyear deal with a salary that won’t equal even half of Jones’ eventual wage. And yet when asked about re-upping one of the Giants’ two all-NFC players — with Lawrence, as voted by the Professional Football Writers of America — Schoen did a tap dance he didn’t do when the subject turned to Mr. Jones.