Kadarius Toney was the one draft pick that hadn’t signed yet for the New York Giants – but the team recently solved that. They came to an agreement with Toney on Thursday in a deal that will pay out a guaranteed $13.7m over the next four years according to Tom Pelissero.
The #Giants agreed to terms with first-round pick Kadarius Toney on his four-year, $13,719,508 fully guaranteed rookie deal.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 3, 2021
The Giants drafted Toney in the first round following an uncharacteristic trade down out of the eleventh pick overall. The consensus going into the draft was that the Giants were looking to add weapons, but it surprised most that they ended up with Toney rather than DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle.
However, even if the pick isn’t the one that was expected, the Giants will save a bit due to their trade down. DeVonta Smith was selected by the Eagles before he could fall to the Giants, and it’s been reported that Smith’s contract is worth a larger $20m with a $12m signing bonus.
Tenth overall pick DeVonta Smith is finalizing a four-year, $20.1-million fully guaranteed rookie deal with the #Eagles, per source. Expected to be done today. Includes fifth-year option.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) June 3, 2021
Considering the Eagles also had to give up a lot to get Smith, while the Giants on the other hand gained from training down, this is just another area where it looks like the Giants might have come out ahead if Toney pans out and develops on the field.
Some might have been concerned for the Giants’ draft pick after Toney started OTAs slowly and notably participated in one practice with one shoe, but head coach Joe Judge has said that the problem isn’t an injury situation. As of now, there’s no reason to think we won’t see Toney on the field for week one as expected.