Jason Pierre-Paul
Jason Pierre-Paul (Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)

Jason Pierre-Paul made a pretty stern declaration at the end of the season. He was not going to play the 2017 season on a one-year deal. So when the New York Giants signed him to a franchise tender, there was an obvious issue. Would the Giants shell out some major coin to pay Pierre-Paul, a player who is slightly disabled due to a fireworks accident, or would they call his bluff.

It appears the Giants aren’t looking to play games. They reportedly have inked their Pro Bowl pass rusher to a new four-year contract worth $68 million with $54 million guaranteed.

Following from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network

Jordan Ranaan and Adam Schefter of ESPN have more information on JPP’s contract.

The New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul have agreed to a four-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal is expected to be worth about $17 million per year with about $54 million guaranteed, according to Schefter.

The Giants used the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul last month for a one-year contract worth $16,934,000. The new deal should offer some salary-cap relief to Giants, who were just $3,918,376 under the cap as of Friday morning, according to NFL Players Association records.

Following his fireworks incident in 2015, there was much speculation about Pierre-Paul’s future with the Giants and beyond. It’s no secret, playing with seven and 1/2 fingers is an obvious disadvantage but JPP still has some elite pass rushing skills and still makes a difference on the defensive line.

Pierre-Paul played the 2016 season under the franchise tag. Pierre-Paul appeared in 12 games in 2016 and recorded 54 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and eight pass defenses.

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