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Jason Pierre-Paul Comments on Hand Surgeries, Future with Giants, More

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 20:   Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants reacts against the Carolina Panthers during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2015

Jason Pierre-Paul spoke about the recovery of his hand and his future with the New York Giants on Wednesday.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Pierre-Paul confirmed that "he still needs a couple more offseason surgeries on his damaged hand."

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported Pierre-Paul's surgery will be on his right middle finger to improve his grip.

The 26-year-old has played with a cast on his hand since returning to the Giants following a contract dispute that lasted well into the season. He confirmed that he envisions himself with the team going forward, however.

"I want to be here next year," he said, per Schwartz. "I would like to finish my career here."

He also acknowledged that the entire ordeal over his contract dispute—he eventually signed a one-year deal with the team in late October after the Giants slapped the franchise tag on him in the offseason and he refused to sign his contract tender—may have contributed to head coach Tom Coughlin once again finding himself on the hot seat.

"I feel like half of it is my fault," Pierre-Paul noted, per Vacchiano. 

He added,  "The guys love him and I would love to see him back next year," per Vacchiano.

Since returning to the team, JPP has registered 20 tackles and a sack. Those are disappointing numbers for a player who notched 12.5 sacks in 2014, though it's clear he wasn't himself after missing half of the season and playing with a hand that wasn't fully recovered. 

The Giants will likely use the franchise tag on him again this offseason if the sides can't agree to terms on a new contract, as a healthy Pierre-Paul remains one of the more dynamic young edge-rushers in the NFL. He's prepared for that possibility, however.

"If they do it again it is what it is," he said, per Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. "At the end of the day it is what it is."

That would cost the Giants a pretty penny, however. For both sides, agreeing to a new contract is the optimal solution.

 

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