Jones, the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, signed a four-year deal worth $25.7 million. The contract is fully guaranteed and includes a signing bonus of $16.7 million. According the NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport, Jones will receive his entire signing bonus in the first year.
The Giants’ rookies reported to training camp on Monday. On Tuesday, rookies (and certain veterans including quarterback Eli Manning) are expected to take the field for their first training camp practice.
Jones was the last member of the Giants’ rookie class to sign.
After a spring of strong practice performances, offensive coordinator Mike Shula said he thought Jones would be ready for the regular season opener (Sept. 8 at the Dallas Cowboys) if need be. Head coach Pat Shurmur was also impressed with the rookie out of Duke.
“I think he’s had a really good offseason,” Shurmur said. “He’s on track with the goal to be ready to play day one.”
Jones will likely not be playing immediately regardless of how well he performs in training camp and the preseason. Reports of a quarterback competition in training camp are greatly exaggerated. Shurmur has said on numerous occasions Manning will be the starter entering the 2019 season and it is his job to lose.
Jones, the first quarterback selected by the Giants in the first round since drafting Philip Rivers and trading him for Manning 15 years ago, is being groomed to be No. 10’s successor. He will do as Manning did when he first arrived in East Rutherford: sit back and learn from a proven veteran.