Giants reportedly signing QB Tyrod Taylor to two-year, $17 million deal

The New York Giants missed out on adding Mitchell Trubisky as a backup quarterback who could potentially push or even replace 2019 first-round draft pick Daniel Jones when Trubisky agreed to join the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. 

It didn’t take long for new Giants general manager Joe Schoen to locate a replacement. 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that journeyman veteran Tyrod Taylor intends to sign a two-year, $17 million deal that includes $8.5 million guaranteed to join the Giants when the new league year opens on Wednesday. Taylor, 32, is no stranger to sitting behind younger players and even being replaced by them. 

Since the fall of 2018, Taylor has lost his spots on depth charts to Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns, Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers, and, more recently, 2021 rookie Davis Mills of the Houston Texans last fall. Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk notes Schoen originally joined the personnel department of the Buffalo Bills when Taylor was with that organization in 2017. 

Taylor could ultimately serve as cover for Jones, who already has a worrisome injury history and is recovering from the strained neck that kept him out of action for the final six games of this past season. It’s been said Jones should be cleared for contact by August preseason games, several months after the club has to make a call on the fifth-year option attached to his rookie contract. 

Schoen said earlier this month the Giants would “take our time” making that decision. 

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