The Facts: Jones is in the process of making an agent change with a new contract and free agency on the horizon, multiple sources told ESPN on Sunday. Jones has been represented by CAA since being the sixth overall draft pick out of Duke in 2019. The expectation, according to the sources, is that he will join Athletes First in search of a long-term deal.
Diehards Line: Jones, 25, did not have the fifth-year option in his rookie contract exercised last year by the Giants' new administration. But he had his most efficient season in a prove-it year and GM Joe Schoen made it abundantly clear following the season that the Giants wanted to bring back their starter. The Giants will use the franchise tag on their quarterback if they are unable to get a long-term deal done before March 7, the deadline to use the tag. The non-exclusive tag for a quarterback is $32.4 million. But that would limit the team's ability to spend this offseason to gain the weapons Jones and the Giants lacked in 2022. ... Jones led the Giants to a winning season for the first time in 2022, played brilliantly and won a playoff game while greatly reducing the mistakes that plagued him earlier in his career. He had just nine turnovers in 18 starts this past season, including the playoffs.