Many fans thought that the New York Giants were done with offseason contract drama when they signed a new deal for Odell Beckham Jr. that would have kept him with the team long term, and when they moved on from Landon Collins, who was one of the other largest sources of contract anxiety for a Giants front office that seemed to not want to deal with the back and forth of such negotiations.
However, going into training camp, the Giant still have a couple of rookie players unsigned – one of them is quarterback Daniel Jones and the other one is pass rusher Oshane Ximines, both of whom are expected to make an impact for the team in differing ways. But before that can happen, the players need to get on the field, and neither one of them has agreed to terms yet for a rookie contract.
As unlikely as it would have seemed when the Giants first made the decision to take Jones with the sixth overall pick in the draft earlier this year, could they end up in a tough spot potentially if Jones doesn’t sign a contract by the time training camp starts?
The Giants have an interest in getting Jones signed because, with a lot of pressure riding on the rookie quarterback, both the fans and media and likely the team staff itself would like to see Jones on the practice field in pads as early as possible, to have more time to evaluate the player before the regular season begins and the focus shifts away from young prospects and more towards the first team.
It seems Jones and his camp may be using this to their advantage, knowing that the Giants would like to avoid a holdout and using it to attempt to secure a better deal.
One thing is certain, however, as time marches on and training camp grows closer and closer: both the Giants front office and their fans have shown that they’re tired of hearing about contract holdouts and the like, and this likely won’t end well for Jones if it does turn into that.