EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three games remain in the New York Giants' season, and possibly in Jason Pierre-Paul's Giants career. The 2010 first-round pick is eligible for free agency after this season and so far has not had any talks with the team about a long-term contract. He insists he's not thinking about it.
"I don't think about it at all," Pierre-Paul said after Giants practice Wednesday. "I think everything's going to fall into place for itself. I'm playing great, and we'll see what happens. I'm focused on getting to the offseason and sitting down and seeing what I did wrong and what I can do better for next year."
Pierre-Paul turns 26 next month and is enjoying his first fully healthy season since 2011, when he had 16.5 sacks in the regular season and helped the Giants win their most recent Super Bowl title. The 3.5 sacks he has registered in his last two games have doubled his season total to seven, which is the second-highest single-season total of his career. It's not a very high number, but he has earned praise from his coaches for the consistently effective way he has played against the run.
And when the offseason does arrive, the Giants are going to have to decide whether to pay him the pricey, long-term deal he seeks or look elsewhere for the foundation piece for the future of their pass rush.
"If I could stay here, I would love to be a Giant for life," Pierre-Paul said. "But who knows? I don't know what's going to happen, and I don't worry about it. My agent will handle it with the Giants when it comes time to talk."