It has been a hot topic among Giants fans this offseason debating whether the Giants should exercise Daniel Jones’s 5th year option or not.  I think the simple decision on that one is no.  If you don’t know after this year if he is your guy, then it’s time to move on.  It’s important to remember, that Jones was 1 of 3 first round picks in the 2019 draft. The other 2 were corner back DeAndre Baker (yikes) and defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence.  Baker is obviously not with the Giants anymore, but Lawrence has been a steady presence on the Giants defense since he got here.

So, should the Giants exercise Lawrence’s 5th year option?

What’s important to consider here is the amount of money that Lawrence would earn with that 5th year option.  If the Giants do give Lawrence his 5th year option, he would be guaranteed $10.753 million dollars in 2023.  This would put him at the 11th highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL as it currently stands.  To put it into context, Lawrence is currently the 43rd highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL, making right around $3 million dollars a year. 

Lawrence has been a very solid player through his first 3 years, but does he deserve a $7 million dollar pay raise?

My gut reaction when first asking myself this question was yes.  Lawrence has been a solid player for the Giants since he got here, hasn’t missed a game, and I’m sick of watching good players the Giants draft walk away and play well for other teams.  But when thinking into it further and reading from people much smarter than me, it doesn’t make sense to give him his 5th year option. There’s a new regime at 1925 Giants Drive, so tying themselves financially to anyone who doesn’t clearly deserve it seems like the wrong move.  It’s also worth noting how Wink Martindale will use Lawrence in his defense.  If he has a career year or even just another good year, then he surely deserves a long term deal, and the Giants should have the money next year to give it to him.  Plus, you may be able to get him cheaper than $10 million dollars a year. If he isn’t a fit in the Giants defense, you can likely trade him at the deadline or just move on at the end of 2022

Sexy Dexy has been a solid Giant for the last 3 years, and I’d love to see him here long term. But it’s worth seeing what kind of 2022 he has before the Giants risk overpaying him.

(Photo: AP Photo/Adam Hunger)






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