The New York Giants will reportedly use their franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Giants have until Wednesday at 4 PM Eastern to use their franchise tag. The team and Pierre-Paul will then have until July 15 at 4 PM Eastern to agree on a long-term contract. If the two sides cannot come to a consensus, Pierre-Paul will play the 2017 season under the franchise tag.
Pierre-Paul will earn around $17 million in 2017 with the franchise tag.
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This will be the second time the Giants use their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul. He was tagged in 2015 with an offer on the table. After the fireworks accident, the Giants withdrew their offer. Pierre-Paul signed one-year deals in 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, he played only eight games and the rust was apparent. Last season, he showed the form that made him one of the NFL’s best defenders.
Pierre-Paul had 53 tackles, seven sacks, eight passes defended, and three forced fumbles in 12 games. He missed the final four regular season games and playoff game after surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Pierre-Paul has gone on the record saying he doesn’t want to play under another one-year contract.
“I’m not playing on no one-year deal,” he said after the Giants’ Wild Card loss to the Green Bay Packers. “I’ve proved it. I’ve showed it. There is not really another guy like me out here doing it with 7 ½ fingers.”
Pierre-Paul is the face of the Giants defense. The team signed big name free agents like Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon “Snacks” Harrison last year, but the Giants drafted Pierre-Paul.
His 50 career sacks are seventh on the all-time Giants career list (behind Michael Strahan, Lawrence Taylor, Leonard Marshall, Osi Umenyoira, Keith Hamilton, and Justin Tuck). He was an All-Pro selection in 2011 and has been named to the Pro Bowl twice.
The Giants defense improved from 30th in sacks in 2015 to 14th in 2016. More importantly, the Giants allowed the second fewest points in the league in 2016 behind only the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
The Giants have a championship caliber defense in the making. JPP has earned a long-term contract. The Giants need to get the deal done ASAP.