Add Michael Strahan to the list of New York Giants legends who believe the membership wants to hold onto quarterback Daniel Jones and operating again Saquon Barkley this offseason.
Based on Steve Serby of the New York Publish, Strahan mentioned throughout a Tremendous Bowl LVII media obligation that each Jones and the Giants are “higher” with Barkley.
“He’s a pacesetter in each single manner,” Strahan remarked about Barkley. “I believe Saquon Barkley is without doubt one of the gamers that it’s a must to carry on this crew as a way to construct off what they did final yr.”
Strahan famous that Jones did sufficient in his first season underneath head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka to earn a profitable second professional contract. Each Jones and Barkley can hit free company when the brand new league yr opens in March.
“I believe he has the best temperament,” Strahan mentioned of Jones. “I didn’t assume I’d meet anyone or see anyone who’s extra quiet than Eli Manning after they performed, and Daniel Jones has achieved that. He’s finished that.”
Jones routinely drew comparisons to “Straightforward Eli” because the 2019 first-round draft choose guided the Giants to wins and a playoff berth with out having a real No. 1 huge receiver or a consistently-reliable offensive line. In 16 regular-season video games, Jones produced 3,205 passing yards with 15 touchdowns to go together with 708 dashing yards and 7 scores on the bottom. He tossed solely 5 interceptions and averted the kinds of concerning injury setbacks that impacted him in earlier years.
It was reported on Tuesday that “the assumption” across the NFL is that the Giants will re-sign Barkley earlier than free company begins. Doing so would permit basic supervisor Joe Schoen to make use of the franchise tag to retain Jones if the 2 sides cannot come to an settlement on a long-term deal.
SNY NFL insider Connor Hughes and Paul Schwartz of the New York Publish have insisted Schoen will not let Jones hit the open market. Assuming Schoen retains Barkley and Jones collectively for an additional marketing campaign, Strahan had a distinct request for the chief.
“Large receiver’s in all probability the most important place the place they in all probability go search for a home-run hitter,” Strahan mentioned of the Giants’ potential offseason plans. “They want some playmakers, some massive playmakers.”