Giants lock up star defensive end through 2020 season.
The New York Giants re-signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a blockbuster four-year deal worth $62 million that can balloon to up to $66 million.
The deal, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, includes a $20 million signing bonus. Pierre-Paul will earn $34 million within the 11 months of the deal, presumably the $20 million signing bonus and up to $14 million in base salaries for 2017 and 2018.
On his 4-yr, $62M deal worth up to $66M, #Giants star JPP has a $20M signing bonus. He earns $34M within 11 mos & $49.5M over the 1st 3 yrs
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2017
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan adds that Pierre-Paul’s deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money.
First and foremost, I would like to thank God for all my blessings because I know without him nothing is possible, thank you Lord. I also want to thank all the people that are closest to me and that support me, even if I wasn’t playing football. You know who you are. I don’t have to say any names because you KNOW WHO YOU ARE! I would like to thank Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch for their commitment and belief in me. I look forward to helping you guys get back to the SB soon. I would like to thank the rest of the NY Giants organization for trusting in me for another 4yrs and to be part of this great franchise. S/O to all my fans that’s 💯 with yah boy. That’s all I have to say and let’s go get them “D” #90PowerCircle #nygiants #onceagiantalwaysagiant #its-Hanks-turn S/O to @nyg_teamphotographer for always being there to take great pictures for me.
Pierre-Paul is a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end chosen by the Giants in the first round of the 2010 draft.
“We’re happy to get a long-term deal with Jason,” general manager Jerry Reese said in a team press release. “Not only is he one of our best players, he is one of our leaders.”
“I’m happy to be here, I’m blessed to be here,” Pierre-Paul said. “It can’t be any better. I’m a Giant for life right now.”
Which is exactly how he wanted it.
“This is where I wanted to be,” Pierre-Paul said. “I couldn’t imagine me being anywhere else. I’m back for four years and I’m ready to get after it.
“It means a lot to me, because I started here, and obviously I want to finish here. I’ve seen a lot of guys come and go, especially in my (draft) class. I’m the only one left in my class here. It means a lot. We won a Super Bowl here, and I’m looking forward to putting a fifth trophy in the case.”
Pierre-Paul, who last year played in only 12 games due to a core muscle injury, received the franchise tag designation earlier this month.
That tag designation would have cost the Giants close to $17 million had he signed it. However, the defensive end was adamant at the end of January about not settling for another one-year contract.
Pierre-Paul’s new cap figure is believed to be around $6 and $6.5 million thanks to his new deal. That means the Giants will have freed up close to $10 million to address some of their other free agents such as defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and linebacker Keenan Robinson, both of whom remain unsigned and both of whom have met a lukewarm reception from the market.
Pierre-Paul credited some of his past and present teammates for helping him learn how to be a pro’s pro.
“When I came in I learned from (Justin) Tuck, Osi (Umenyiora), Eli (Manning), Mathias Kiwanuka – all those guys taught me a lot, and I learned so much from them,” Pierre-Paul said. “I used it to try to be the best and try to figure out myself – and I did. I bettered myself, and I’m a pro.”
Looking ahead, Pierre-Paul made a bold prediction for the Giants 2017 defense: “We’re going to create history.”
That prediction starts with him, as he vowed to be even better than he was in last year, his first season minus the bulky club protecting his right hand, permanently damaged after a July 4 fireworks accident suffered in July 2015.
“I’ll be way better,” he said. “Last year, I was still making adjustments. But as time goes on, it’s part of me and I’m going to use it. Every day, I’m learning something new with it.”
Pierre-Paul is entering his eighth season. He has played in 95 regular-season games with 69 starts, and has 50.0 sacks, 355 tackles (256 solo), 11 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
He has also scored touchdowns on interception returns: a 28-yarder at Dallas on Oct. 28, 2012, and a 24-yarder vs. Green Bay on Nov. 17, 2013.
In other news, the Giants announced the transactions with offensive lineman John Jerry and backup quarterback Josh Johnson.
Jerry signed a 3-year, $10 million contract with $4.25 million guaranteed. He has a $1.75 million cap hit for 2017 per a source with knowledge of the contract details.
Johnson’s deal is reportedly s two-year pact. No financial terms have been disclosed as of yet.