The New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul have finally reached an agreement on a long-term contract. Pierre-Paul will sign a four-year deal worth $62 million with $40 million guaranteed. The value of Pierre-Paul’s contract could reach $66 million if incentives are met.
“This is where I want to be,” Pierre-Paul said. “I couldn’t imagine me being anywhere else. I’m back for four years and I’m ready to get after it.”
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“It means a lot to me, because I started here, and obviously, I want to finish here. I’ve seen a lot of guys come and go, especially in my (draft) class. I’m the only one left in my class here, it means a lot. We won a Super Bowl here, and I’m looking forward to putting a fifth trophy in the case.”
The Giants used their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul last month. He was to make $16,934,000 in 2017 under the tag. The Giants gain some salary cap relief with Pierre-Paul signing a long-term deal.
As of Friday morning, the Giants were just $3,918,376 under the salary cap according to records of the NFL Players Association.
This ends a prolonged contract saga between the Giants and Pierre-Paul.
“I’m not playing on no one-year deal,” he said after the Giants’ playoff 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 still.”
Pierre-Paul, 28, was drafted 15th overall in 2010. He quickly developed into a star with 16 ½ sacks in 2011 to help the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI.
The Giants first placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul after a 12 ½ sack season in 2014. A July 4, 2015 fireworks accident seriously damaged his right hand, eventually leading to the amputation of his right index finger.
Pierre-Paul played eight games in 2015 and signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal in 2016.
Pierre-Paul had 53 tackles, seven sacks, eight passes defended, three forced fumbles, and a fumble return for a touchdown in twelve games. He missed the final four regular season games and playoff game after surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Pierre-Paul’s 50 career sacks are seventh in Giants history behind Hall of Famers Michael Strahan and Lawrence Taylor, Leonard Marshall, Osi Umenyiora, Keith Hamilton, and Justin Tuck. He is tied with Umenyiora for 25th in career tackles at 261.