The New York Giants want Jason Pierre-Paul as a key franchise piece for the long-term. They recently freed up salary and will now try to sign “JPP” to a big contract before he hits free agency.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network confirmed the Giants’ attempts to sign Pierre-Paul this offseason. The Giants released running back Rashad Jennings and wide receiver Victor Cruz last Monday. The move is part of the Giants’ aim to clear salary so they can re-sign Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal.
“I do expect [the New York Giants] to make a legitimate run in the coming days and week. They will try and get a deal done before he can potentially hit the free agent market,” Garafolo stated in his NFL show about the Giants’ offseason plans.
Giants aiming to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul before NFL free agency begins
Pierre-Paul stated last month that he wouldn’t settle for any one-year offer from New York. The defensive end was one of the Giants’ best defensive players and wants to get paid this offseason. Pierre-Paul suffered an injury late in the 2016 season but still recorded 53 tackles and 7 sacks, which is second in the team.
According to Garafolo, Pierre-Paul might not get the $17 million per year salary comparable to teammate Olivier Vernon. But, the Giants might offer him about $12 million as a starting salary in the long-term deal.
The Giants need to finalize a contract with Jason Pierre-Paul by March 9. After that “JPP” can hit free agency where other teams might try to steal him from New York.
Pierre-Paul had a chance to earn a long-term deal worth $60 million before the 2016 season. But, he suffered a freak injury in a fireworks accident that year. The Giants rescinded the offer and only offered him a one-year deal.
“I’ve done proved it. There’s not a guy like me doing it with seven and a half fingers,” Pierre-Paul stated via NFL.com about his recovery from the accident.
Earlier in the offseason, Giants general manager Jerry Reese stated that the team wants Pierre-Paul back with the team next season. The Giants can also franchise tag Pierre-Paul. But, the star DE already said he’s done with “one year deals” and wants a long-term contract.
“Of course we want him back. He’s a good football player,” the GM said about hoping to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul.
In related Giants news, New York signed DB Donte Deayon, OL Jon Halapio, RB Jacob Huesman, among others last Jan. 17. Those moves won’t affect the salary cap of the Giants in their aim to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal.
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