Monday, March 20, 2017

Giants Give JPP Long Term Contract

The Giants and Jason-Pierre Paul have finally come to terms on a long term deal that will make the 7-1/2 fingered defensive end the second highest paid edge rusher in the league, according to

The deal calls for Pierre-Paul to make $62 million over four years, with $40 million guaranteed, and a $20 million signing bonus. (Not bad for sining a contract, eh?).

The Giants and Pierre-Paul had been looking to get a long term deal worked out for a long time. In February, the Giants slapped a non-exclusive franchise tag on Paul to keep him in town for a year at $17 million. Had the two sides not worked out a long term deal, that money would have been a poison pill to the Giants salary cap.

To be fair JPP had a lot to prove over the past year after he blew off part of his hand during a 4th of July fireworks accident in 2015. He was a shell of his former self during the 2015 season. Last year however, he adjusted to life with the blown up digits, recording seven sacks, three forced fumbles and 53 tackles in 2016.

While the Giants have JPP, Brandon Marshall, offensive lineman D.J. Flucker and for whatever reason, Geno Smith in tow, they now must focus on continuing to improve that offensive line. Flucker is a nice signing, but was a slight bust for the Chargers the past four years. Big Blue needs another veteran signing for the line, and they should use their first round pick on a tackle.

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