Last off-season, the New York Giants re-signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a one-year contract for the second straight off-season, with a slight pay increase from $8.7 million to $10 million.
This off-season, Pierre-Paul says he won’t be signing another one-year contract, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN:
“I’m not playing on no one-year deal,” Pierre-Paul said Monday, coming off of the Giants’ 38-13 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers that ended New York’s season. “I’ve proved it. I’ve showed it. There is not really another guy like me out here doing it with 7½ fingers still.”
By saying he is playing with 7 1/2 fingers, Pierre-Paul is referring to him losing part of his right hand in an incident with fireworks back in July 2015. Pierre-Paul missed 8 games due to the incident, and now plays with a glove on his right hand each game.
2016 was a different story for Pierre-Paul, however, as he had a resurgent season on the Giants defensive line that features Damon Harrison, Johnathan Hankins, and Olivier Vernon. He had 7.0 sacks on the year, his most since 2014 when he had 12.5 sacks.
Pierre-Paul was limited to just 12 games this season after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia on December 7. It’s also very likely that Pierre-Paul will get a multi-year deal that he is seeking in free agency, but it’s not guaranteed that the contract will be guaranteed beyond one season.
In 95 career games, the 28-year-old Pierre-Paul has racked up 365 total tackles to go along with 50 sacks and 42 pass deflections.
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