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Report: Giants to work on re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul before free agency

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 06:   Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants in action against the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 6, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants cleared about $10 million of salary cap space on Monday with the releases of wide receiver Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings, which may help them hold onto another member of their team.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is headed toward unrestricted free agency in March, leaving the team with a little less than a month of exclusive negotiating time for his return. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the team is expected to make a “legitimate run” at getting a deal done before free agency opens.

Getting Pierre-Paul signed would allow the team to move closer to realizing cornerback Janoris Jenkins‘ hope of keeping the defense together for another season, but it would make for a heavy investment on a defensive line that saw defensive end Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Damon Harrison come aboard with big price tags last offseason. Pierre-Paul is unlikely to get the same $17 million average that Vernon landed in his five-year deal, but something close could get the deal done before the new league year gets underway.

With needs on the offensive line and elsewhere on that side of the ball, the Giants may have other ideas for their new cap space but there’s enough money around to make signing Pierre-Paul a possibility.

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13 Responses to “Report: Giants to work on re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul before free agency”
  1. lowfootballtalk says: Feb 14, 2017 8:05 AM

    They definitely should be gettting the 5-finger discount.

  2. mortyglickstein says: Feb 14, 2017 8:56 AM

    Was he that great before he got hurt this season? Trade for Sheldon Richardson? It can only be two years on the hook

  3. winningisabrees says: Feb 14, 2017 8:59 AM

    JPP is prepared to give thumbs up and hi fives to the entire front office.

  4. billco6192012 says: Feb 14, 2017 9:00 AM

    Hankins is the guy they need to sign we had more sacks in the playoff game in the first half then jpp had leading up to the browns game .You would think they would learn from the linvel joseph days.Hankins is 25 and pierre paul averages 12 games a season.Reese is blowing it stopping the run is the biggest thing against Dallas.If snacks goes down we are in terrible shape.Rodgers cromartie allows us to blitz more and is a big saftey net in case a corner goes down.will we blow it again by not signing him either .

  5. billco6192012 says: Feb 14, 2017 9:06 AM

    Giants act like the de is going to crumble if jpp is not resigned guy had 7 sacks for the season and 3 came from cleveland. We had 4 sacks in first half of playoff game without him.

  6. billco6192012 says: Feb 14, 2017 9:17 AM

    CARLOS WATKINS IS HANKINS ALL OVER AGAIN IF YOU GET RID OF HANKINS GET CARLOS WATKINS FROM CLEMSON.HE BLEW UP THAT BAMA RUN GAME.

  7. jag1959 says: Feb 14, 2017 9:18 AM

    As much as it would be great to have him back there’s a fine line there as far as committing cap resources goes. The last 10 years of observing Reese operating in and around that line does not fill me with hope.

  8. billco6192012 says: Feb 14, 2017 9:29 AM

    NEED TO GET THE BEST LEFT TACKLE MONEY CAN BUY AND A RUN BLOCKING GUARD .MOVE UP IN DRAFT AND GET DALVIN COOK AND WE CAN CONTEND FOR A SUPERBOWL.ITS NOT SIGNING JPP THAT GOING TO GET US A SUPERBOWL RING.

  9. gmen5280 says: Feb 14, 2017 10:24 AM

    billco6192012 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 9:00 AM “Rodgers cromartie allows us to blitz more and is a big saftey net in case a corner goes down.will we blow it again by not signing him either .”

    Rogers Cromartie is not a free agent, he signed a 5 yr 35mil contract in 2014 with the Giants.

  10. redlikethepig says: Feb 14, 2017 10:30 AM

    All indications are that JPP will go to the highest bidder and not stay with the team that stood by him through all his self-induced difficulties. Just his way of saying thanks.

  11. billco6192012 says: Feb 14, 2017 10:49 AM

    Losing 4 sacks in 11 games isnt going to tear apart that de if we dont sign jpp.Not signing a left tackle and run blocking guard is what will hurt us.

  12. lonewizard says: Feb 14, 2017 2:24 PM

    With the Cowboys very heavy investment in there offensive line; we need an similar investment in our defensive line to continue to be a playoff team.

  13. bkostela says: Feb 14, 2017 2:38 PM

    Hank and JPP are both important, but only JPP has game-changing talent. It’s not like Hankins has gone his career without injury, either. Plus he’s no Linval Joseph.

    The Giants can’t afford to keep both. And even if they resign one, drafting pass rush and DT depth is still (always) a necessity.

    They should be very quiet in free agency this year. Maybe a few second-tier O-linemen and a low priced veteran TE who can block.

    If they don’t go after Dalvin Cook or a field-stretching TE in the first round, they can definitely use a talented lineman on either side of the ball.

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