EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The contract that injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul signed with the New York Giants on Tuesday guarantees him $1.5 million and can be worth more than $3 million if he's on the game-day active roster for each of the final seven games of the Giants' season, according to a source.
The deal also includes incentives based on playing time and sacks that could, in theory, add an additional $5.71 million to the deal and raise it to about $8.71 million -- which is the amount that remained on his franchise-tender number after he missed the first seven games following his July 4 fireworks accident. But those incentives are not all realistically attainable.
Perhaps most importantly to Pierre-Paul, the Giants agreed as part of the deal not to place Pierre-Paul on the Non Football Injury list. If they'd put him on that list, his contract would have "tolled," which might have meant he had to play 2016 for the Giants on this deal. As it stands, they could franchise him again next year, sign him to a long-term deal or let him leave as a free agent.
The per-game active roster bonuses don't start kicking in until Week 10. Pierre-Paul is on the commissioner's exempt list for the next two weeks, which means the Giants don't have to open a roster spot for him.
Here are the full financial details as I know them:
$1.5 million guaranteed.
$1.5 million in per-game active roster bonuses -- $214,285.71 per game for every game for which he's on the 46-man active game-day roster, beginning with the Week 10 game against the Patriots.
$3.85 million in playing-time incentives based on the percentage of Giants' defensive snaps he plays. Must participate in at least 80 percent of the team's defensive snaps in every game to earn the full amount.
$1.864 million in bonuses tied to sacks. Must record 7.5 sacks to earn the full amount. If he records 10 sacks, he gets the full $3.85 million playing time bonus regardless of playing time.
So to get his full $8.71 million, he needs to be on the active roster for each of the final seven games and either a) play 80 percent of the defensive snaps while recording at least 7.5 sacks or b) record 10 sacks.