Jason Pierre-Paul doesn’t have to worry about playing on a one-year deal or the franchise tag any longer. Those days are over.
The New York Giants and Pierre-Paul agreed Friday to a long-term megadeal that benefits both sides. Pierre-Paul gets the security he has long desired. And the Giants secure one of the top defensive end tandems in football -- with Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon -- and receive some much-needed salary-cap relief.
Terms: 4 years, $62 million (can reach $66 million) with $40 million guaranteed
Grade A-: It’s a costly move. But anybody who can rush the passer is costly these days, especially if they can also play the run. The Giants now have two legitimate every-down pass rushers off the edges. Very few, if any, other teams can say that.
What it means: Pierre-Paul finally gets the long-term deal he desires after a long, winding road. He was seemingly positioned to land a long-term deal two years ago before the July 4 fireworks accident that threw him off track. But Pierre-Paul proved this past season that he can still be a top defensive end, and he publicly acknowledged he didn’t want to play on a one-year deal. Now he won’t have to. The Giants can also now try to keep their defense together, as this should free up some much-needed salary-cap space.
The risk: The Giants just invested a hefty sum in a player with an injury history and, as he says, seven and a half fingers. Pierre-Paul missed the Giants’ final five games this past season after sports hernia surgery. He has also had back and shoulder problems during his career. So the Giants just invested a lot of money in someone who has played in 16 games just once in the past four years. He has also produced double-digit sacks just once in the past five years. The success of this deal will hinge on whether Pierre-Paul can stay healthy.