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

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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.

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

  1. 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 .

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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