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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – As the quarterback carousel spins, the New York Giants are expected to run against free agent Mitchell Trubisky when the negotiation window opens next week, sources told ESPN.
If Trubisky were to sign with the Giants, it would be with the intention of pushing for the established Daniel Jones, another top-10 draft pick who still has the support of the team’s brass despite three rocky seasons. The idea seems to be to let the best quarterback win through the spring and summer.
An important selling point for the Giants is that Trubisky is reunited with coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. Both came from Buffalo, where Trubisky spent last season after four years with the Chicago Bears.
Daboll’s strong relationship with Trubisky is a big factor in what New York has to offer, even more than an opportunity to start.
“I’m thinking of coach Daboll right away because of my connection with him in Buffalo. I’m excited to see what he’s doing in New York, really,” Trubisky said on the Adam Schefter podcast about the possibility of landing with the Giants . “I do not know where I’m going, but I know whatever he’s doing there, he’s going to do a great job with that offense. He’s a great leader of men. He’s just real and authentic with all the guys, and I think that’s why so many people respected him in our building.
“And then, of course, New York, you think of the city. I’ve not been to New York that many times, but you think of the great New York City and Giants. So I know coach Daboll will do a great job, and I’m excited to see that offense. “
But it’s hardly a slam dunk that Trubisky, number 2 in 2017, lands in New York. He may have better options, especially with the Giants close to the salary cap this offseason.
There may be serious competition for Trubisky’s services. Teams like the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers could immediately offer him a better chance to start. Trubisky would probably be the best quarterback in the rankings for these teams. That would not be the case in New York.
Trubisky, 27, would likely start on equal footing or behind Jones, of whom the Giants’ ownership recently admitted the team had “done everything possible to destroy this boy since he’s been here.” New York is on its fourth offensive coordinator in four years.
Jones, the No. 6 pick in the 2019 draft, threw 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions last season. The 24-year-old has 45 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions with a completion rate of 62.8% in his first three years as a starter.
Trubisky has thrown 64 touchdowns and 38 interceptions with a completion rate of 64.1% in his career.
The cascading giants are at least looking to have a strong contingency plan after last year’s debacle with Mike Glennon as backup. Jones has lost time in each of his first three seasons, including the last six games last season due to a neck injury. The Giants averaged 9.3 points per game. fight while losing all six of those competitions with Glennon and Jake Fromm as quarterback.
New York would have to be creative with the contract to land Trubisky, given its economic situation. Several league sources have indicated that they expect Trubisky to get a deal this offseason that should max out with incentives of $ 10 million per season or more.
The Giants are currently still above the salary cap as they appear to be taking some steps before the start of the free agency next week.
But Trubisky fits what they’re looking for in an extra quarterback. He is a veteran with mobility and some success. A league source indicated that Dabolls new regime and Schoen were looking for a mobile quarterback to complement the athletic Jones.
Marcus Mariota, Case Keenum, Tyrod Taylor and Jacoby Brissett are some of the other free-agent options that fit this form and are potential fallbacks.
Despite being top-10 picks, neither Jones nor Trubisky flourished in difficult situations early in their careers.
Trubisky went to Buffalo last season on a $ 2.5 million one-year deal. His years on the sidelines behind Josh Allen instantly made him more attractive this offseason.
There is a belief among some around the league that a change of scenery and the right system would give Trubisky a chance to excel.
“Worth putting on a leaflet at the right price for a QB competition,” an offensive coach told ESPN.