Giants signed DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a four-year, $62 million contract with $40 million guaranteed.
Getting Jason Pierre-Paul off the franchise tag worth $17 million for 2017 and signed long-term remained a top priority, so much so that Giants co-owner and team president John Mara expressed that desire publicly last month at the combine in Indianapolis.
This comes less than a month after Pierre-Paul signed the franchise tag tender that NY placed on him. A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Giants have told defensive end Pierre-Paul that he will be made a franchise player.
Paying both Vernon and Pierre-Paul top-of-the-market deals is a risk, as neither player cracked double-digit sacks previous year and neither could be considered the best at their position. He also forced a fumble that was recovered by Kerry Wynn and, more spectacularly, caught a ball Josh McCown had fumbled in midair - after it was forced by Johnathan Hankins - and returned it 43 yards for his third career touchdown. "But I'm looking to get back to the playoffs this year with that great defensive line that we have, and the great defense that coach Spags (coordinator Steve Spagnuolo) is going to put out there". "I was figuring out how everybody was blocking me. Jason's a great part of the team, someone who made some progress a year ago and it'll be good to have him back". But I was on a roll. He has played in 95 regular-season games with 69 starts. Green Bay on November 17, 2013.
"I'm happy to be here, I'm blessed to be here", he said. He quickly developed into a star with 16 ½ sacks in 2011 to help the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI. "I'm a Giant for life right now".