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Daniel Jones collects a massive roster bonus with another Giants 1st-rounder

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Wednesday was a particularly big day for the bank accounts of two New York Giants.

Former first-round draft picks, both quarterback Daniel Jones (6th overall in 2019) and left tackle Andrew Thomas (4th overall in 2020) have reportedly racked up massive squad bonuses. Jones was due $3.2 million and Thomas $2.7 million, according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic.

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Jones and Thomas are two of the Giants’ five highest-paid players this season, according to Spotrac. In Jones’ case, his $3.2 million roster bonus is approximately 38 percent of his $8.4 million salary cap achieved in 2022. Thomas’ bonus was closer to 30 percent of his $8.8 million cap.

Under new head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen, the Giants are trying to figure out once and for all if Jones is their franchise quarterback. The new regime decided not to exercise his fifth-year option earlier that offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent the following spring.

Although Jones’ last three seasons have been marked by turnovers, injuries and many losses, the Giants can afford to give him another chance in 2022. His $8.8 million cap hit ranks the 20 relatively cheap option for this season, according to Spotrac.

Compare that number to Jimmy Garoppolo’s nearly $30 million cap success (seventh-biggest of any quarterback in 2022), and you’ll see why this rumor is quickly running out of steam.

While Jones is enjoying a successful season financially, Thomas’ future is a little more secure at the moment. After a groundbreaking season in 2021, Thomas is on track to pick up his fifth-year post-season option. That would lock him up for the 2024 season while delivering a decent payday.

After a somewhat bumpy start to training camp, Daniel Jones has back-to-back solid training sessions this week. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan went as far as saying Jones “absolutely tore it up” on Tuesday.

Heavy’s own NFL insider Matt Lombardo was present at Giants training camp Wednesday and reported that Jones had “fired on all cylinders” at the offense.

In addition to spreading the Jimmy Garoppolo rumor, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has suggested that the Giants could turn to veteran Tyrod Taylor for their No. 1 quarterback sometime before the season. That no longer seems a realistic possibility.

The fact is, new attacks take time to learn, and Jones was given a long leash in training camp to master Brian Daboll’s system. Given how much the Jones narrative has shifted in the past few days, it’s wise to exercise patience before proposing any quarterback changes.

Andrew Thomas underwent ankle surgery for the second time in two years this off-season, but you’d never know by just looking at highlights of his at training camp. The third-year pro looks 100 percent healthy as he holds onto the left edge.

Here’s Thomas swallowing rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux in a 1v1 drill:

With Thomas protecting the blind side, Daniel Jones has a realistic chance of extending his career with the Giants beyond the 2022 season.

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