The New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul have reached a new contract agreement to get him back on the field after he missed the early portion of the 2015 season following a fireworks accident in July.
The Giants announced Pierre-Paul the news by posting a picture of the signing on Twitter:
“I’m very excited to be back,” Pierre-Paul exclaimed, per Giants.com's Michael Eisen. “I’m getting ready to do what I have to do. I’ve been training down in South Florida with my trainer. Every day, I got up at 7:30 and lifted weights, I’ve been doing what I have to do to stay in football shape.”
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Pierre-Paul agreed to a one-year deal after passing his physicals. The Giants will ask for a two-week roster exemption for JPP, who "could be on the field in some form or fashion tomorrow," according to Rapoport.
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole noted Monday that Pierre-Paul had arrived at the team facility to be evaluated by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss. New York was hoping to find out whether he could play effectively with a glove on his injured hand.
Rapoport reported that the Giants are comfortable with where Pierre-Paul is physically after the evaluation.
The 26-year-old star had his right index finger amputated and suffered other injuries as part of the accident on Independence Day, as ESPN's Dan Graziano reported in September.
Pierre-Paul has continued to work out with the hope of proving himself. He posted a video of himself lifting weights on Instagram last month:
He also joked on Twitter about not needing the missing finger to chase down quarterbacks:
Of course, the biggest question is how Pierre-Paul will perform once he's back in an NFL game. There's really no way of knowing until he at least starts practicing, so it makes sense for both sides to find common ground on a one-year deal and go from there.
The Giants have certainly missed his presence, as they rank 31st in the league with just nine sacks so far this season. That's why getting Pierre-Paul and his 42 career sacks back in the lineup is worth whatever risk still remains.