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Report: Jason Pierre-Paul Traded from Giants to Bucs for 2018 NFL Draft Picks

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2018

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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The New York Giants reportedly agreed to trade defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday in exchange for two draft picks.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Giants will send a 2018 fourth-round pick with JPP to Tampa for a 2018 third-round pick and fourth-round selection.

The 29-year-old veteran is coming off a solid season that saw him register 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, five passes defended and two forced fumbles.

The 8.5 sacks were his highest total since racking up 12.5 in 2014.

PerΒ Spotrac, Pierre-Paul has three years remaining on his contract with an average annual cap hit of just over $13 million.

New York selected JPP with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, and he had spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Giants.

Pierre-Paul is a two-time Pro Bowler, one-time First-Team All-Pro selection and one-time Super Bowl champion.

His best season came in 2011 when he registered career highs in tackles (93) and sacks (16.5) for the eventual Super Bowl-winning G-Men.

In 2015, a July 4Β fireworks accidentΒ led to the amputation of Pierre-Paul's right index finger.

He was limited to eight games that season and finished with just 1.0 sack, but he has seemingly since gotten acclimated to performing without the finger.

In Pierre-Paul, the Bucs are hoping to have landed a premier pass-rusher, since they ranked last in the NFL last season with 22 sacks.

Much of the pass-rushing burden in New York now falls on Olivier Vernon's shoulders, and with JPP out of the picture, the Giants could be candidates to select NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

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