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The Giants are adding a veteran defensive tackle.

Jordan Phillips will sign with New York on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Phillips, 31, spent the last two seasons in his second stint with the Bills. In 2023, he recorded 2.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, five QB hits, and five passes defensed in 14 games with nine starts. He was on the field for 44 percent of the defensive snaps in games played.

A second-round pick in 2015, Phillips has appeared in 120 career games with 62 starts for the Dolphins, Bills, and Cardinals. He has recorded 24.0 sacks with 36 tackles for loss and 51 QB hits.

Giants G.M. Joe Schoen was Buffalo’s assistant G.M. and head coach Brian Daboll was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator during Phillips’ first stint with the Bills from 2018-2019.

Just a few days after the Vikings lost quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency, they acquired the 23rd overall pick in the draft through a trade with the Texans. It has been assumed that Minnesota made the deal as a step toward packaging it with their original pick (No. 11) for a move up to get a quarterback.

As we get closer to the draft, it’s fair to wonder whether they will, or whether they’ll sit tight at No. 11.

There are six quarterbacks that could be taken in the top half of the round: Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Bo Nix, J.J. McCarthy, Michael Penix Jr., and Drake Maye. If the Vikings believe that coach Kevin O’Connell will get the most out of whoever they draft, why not sit tight and let the pieces, and quarterbacks, fall?

The process entails plenty of risk. The Bears, who have the ninth pick, and the Jets, who select at No. 10, could become partners in potential trades with the Broncos at No. 12 and the Raiders at No. 13. Both of those teams need quarterbacks, and either could be willing to jump the line in front of Minnesota to get one the Vikings would otherwise take.

It will take a lot to move to No. 3 or No. 4. It’s possible that the Patriots and Cardinals, respectively, will put a thumb or two on the scale in order to take advantage of Minnesota’s apparent desperation.

It might be that the Vikings will let the first four picks play out, and then to potentially target a trade with the Chargers at No. 5. Other deals could be offered to the Giants at No. 6, the Titans at No. 7, or the Falcons at No. 8.

Or maybe the Vikings are quietly holding out hope that the end result of the investigation regarding Atlanta’s blatant tampering with Cousins (and it was blatant, frankly) will result in a flip-flop of picks No. 8 and No. 11. (There’s no specific reason to think that will happen, but it’s not impossible that the league would select this sanction — and announce it literally five minutes before the draft starts.)

Regardless, the Vikings have options. Those choices include not drafting a quarterback at all, and using picks No. 11 and No. 23 on addressing other positions and attempting to get the kind of performance out of Sam Darnold that made him the third pick in the 2018 draft.

Jayden Daniels will have a busy Monday along the East Coast.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Daniels will meet with the Giants for a top-30 visit early next week.

That will come before Daniels heads down to visit with the Commanders, which is reportedly happening on Monday and Tuesday.

With the No. 6 overall pick, the Giants have been doing their due diligence on the draft’s top quarterbacks. The team has also been linked to Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr.

General Manager Joe Schoen has said that even though some may assume New York will select a quarterback, the club has other needs.

The Jaguars and pass rusher Josh Allen have turned his franchise tag into a five-year contract.

We have the full details of the contract.

Here there are, per a source with knowledge of the terms:

1. Signing bonus $32 million.

2. 2024 base salary: $2 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2024 offseason workout bonus: $500,000.

4. 2024 46-man roster bonus: $500,000 total.

5. 2025 base salary: $32 million, fully guaranteed.

6. 2025 offseason workout bonus: $500,000.

7. 2025 46-man roster bonus: $500,000 total.

8. 2026 base salary: $22 million, $10.5 million of which is fully guaranteed at signing and $11.5 million of which becomes fully guaranteed in March 2026.

9. 2026 offseason workout bonus: $500,000.

10. 2026 46-man roster bonus: $500,000 total.

11. 2027 base salary: $23.75 million.

12. 2027 offseason workout bonus: $500,000.

13. 2027 46-man roster bonus: $500,000 total.

14. 2028 base salary: $24.5 million.

15. 2028 offseason workout bonus: $500,000.

16. 2028 46-man roster bonus: $500,000 total.

17. Annual incentives: $1.75 million, determined by $250,000 for 12.5 sacks, $500,000 total for 14.0 sacks, $750,000 total for 17.5 sacks, and $1 million for Pro Bowl or first-team All-Pro.

The base value is $141.25 million, which means an average value of $28.25 million.

The deal pays out $35 million in the first year, $33 million in 2025, $23 million in 2026, $24.75 million in 2027, and $25.5 million in 2028. The back end isn’t puffed up; the Jaguars could decide to keep Allen for the full five years of the contract.

The deal pays out $76.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. The other $11.5 million becomes fully guaranteed in March 2026.

The deal hits $150 million ($30 million per year) only if Allen has 17.5 sacks or more every year, and if he gets to the Pro Bowl or is named first-team All-Pro in every season.

It’s very similar to the contract given by the Giants to pass rusher Brian Burns. The base APY narrowly surpasses Burns, at $28.2 million. However, his incentives are slightly higher at $1.8 million per year — and he gets there simply by getting 12.5 sacks or making the Pro Bowl or being named an All-Pro.

The NFL is a deadline-driven business. Except when it isn’t.

For players who are hit with the franchise tag or the transition tag, the key date is July 15. That’s the last day for tagged players and their teams to do multi-year deals.

The rule itself is stupid. It places an artificial barrier on teams and players who would otherwise decide to extend their relationship if/when, for example: (1) the player has an injury scare and decides to take the last, best offer made; or (2) the player gets off to a great start in the regular season and the team decides to give him what he wants.

But the rule remains the rule. In past years, the rule has resulted in most long-term deals for franchise-tagged players getting done at or close to the mid-July deadline.

This year, seven of nine tagged players already have their deals, with only two franchise-tagged players — Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. — have yet to sign long-term deals.

The benefit for both sides is to get the player on board for offseason workouts. Still, for the player, waiting never makes the offer worse. Whatever is on the table now will be there on July 15. That’s one of the main reasons why deals don’t get done until the deadline. The sooner you move to your best position, the more likely you’ll be squeezed away from it.

Each player and team will have their own reasons for doing their deals when they do them. The players could have waited. They didn’t. The teams could have waited. They didn’t.

For the last two, the wait continues.