Jason Pierre-Paul Agrees to 4-Year Contract with Giants

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants looks on before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 4, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Giants 24-14.  (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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The New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paulย agreed on a new contract Friday. Pierre-Paul announced the deal:

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com initially reported the news.ย The deal will be for four years, per Rapoport:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul signed a 4-year contract worth $62M base โ€“ up $66M โ€“ with $40M guaranteed, source said. Big-time ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ

Rapoport added that the contract has a $20 million signing bonus and said the defensive end will earn $34 million in the first 11 months and a total of $49.5 million in the first three years.

It has been an interesting few years in the relationship between Pierre-Paul and the Giants. The talented defensive end suffered an offseason hand injury following a fireworks accident in 2015 and appeared in just eight games for the Giants that year, registering a solitary sack.

He signed a one-year deal with the Giants before the 2016 season and played well, totaling 53 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 12 games. The Giants responded by placing the franchise tag on him this winter to keep him from hitting the open market before the two sides were able to agree on a new deal.

A new deal is crucial, as Pierre-Paul said in January he wouldn't play on a one-year deal, per Mike Garafolo of NFL.com:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

JPP says he's not signing a one-year deal this time. "I've done proved it ... There's not a guy like me doing it with 7 and a half fingers."

Certainly, retaining a dynamic pass-rusher like Pierre-Paul fits the Giants' philosophy, as Albert Breer of NFL.com noted:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Giants always put big value on pass-rushers. Shows in how they draft, who they pay. '16: ๐Ÿ’ฐ -> Olivier Vernon; '17: ๐Ÿ’ฐ -> Jason Pierre-Paul.

That pairing of Olivier Vernon and Pierre-Paul combined for 15.5 sacks in 2016 and was a major factor in the Giants' emergence as one of the better defenses in the NFL, along with 2016 free-agent acquisitions like Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins, first-round pick Eli Apple and safety Landon Collins' breakout campaign.

The Giants are once again set to compete for an NFC East title and a postseason berth. Losing Pierre-Paul would have put a damper on those plans. Instead, the Giants will have their star defensive end back in the fold.


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