Jason Pierre-Paul will return to the New York Giants next season…and the season after….and the season after that and, well, you get the point. The Giants inked JPP to a four-year deal worth $62 million, and in the process made sure that a huge piece from their stifling defense in 2016 remained with the team.
This was a top priority for the Giants during the free agency period, as Pierre-Paul made it clear to the world that he wanted a long-term deal and wouldn’t be happy with the one-year franchise tag the team originally paced on him in February. Pierre-Paul played an intricate role in the success of the newly revamped Giant defense last season, totaling seven sacks and 53 combined tackles before missing the final month of the season after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.
He was the 13th-best pass rusher in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus, just one spot above his partner-in-crime, Olivier Vernon. This move ensures that this dynamic pass-rushing duo will remain in tact for the long haul, wreaking havoc on defenses who would’ve just been able to focus all of their attention on Vernon if Pierre-Paul hadn’t agreed to a deal with the Giant after 2017.
With Jonathan Hankins still unsigned, Pierre-Paul was a must-sign type of player in order to keep some continuity and familiarity among a defensive line that finished the latter half of the season as one of the most formidable units in football.
Pierre-Paul was more than deserving of this contract, as he played much better than anyone could have ever imagined after he blew off his right index finger in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015.
No one thought he would return to even similar form, but he certainly showed flashes of his old self this season and might have even matched his 11.5 sacks from 2011 if he hadn’t been injured for the last quarter of the season.
The bottom line is, with this signing, the Giants are all but guaranteed to have a great defense again next season. They have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations over the next few seasons with Eli Manning’s career in the last waning moments, and it would have been much harder to contend for a title without the service of Jason Pierre-Paul.